Kobe Bryant talks extension

Posted by Unknown on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 with 5 comments
Seemingly for the past 24 hours Los Angeles Lakers G Kobe Bryant has had to defend his latest contract extension which is valued at $48.5 million over two years.  Many envisioned Bryant taking less to give to franchise more cap flexibility despite the fact that the Lakers can still add a "max contract" with a couple of maneuvers during the off-season.  Yesterday Bryant again spoke about how the notion of him taking less money doesn't equate to him not wanting to win.

"Most of us have aspirations for being businessmen when our playing careers are over," Bryant said. "But that starts now. You have to be able to wear both hats. You can't sit up there and say, 'Well, I'm going to take substantially less because there's public pressure, because all of a sudden, if you don't take less, you don't give a crap about winning. That's total bullshit.

"I'm very fortunate to be with an organization that understands how to take care of its players, and put a great team out on the floor. They've figured out how to do both.  Most players in this league don't have that. They get stuck in a predicament – probably intentionally done by the teams – to force them to take less money. Meanwhile, the value of the organization goes through the roof off the backs of their quote, unquote selfless players.....It's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard."