The Los Angeles Lakers have decided to extend Kobe Bryant, who’s currently recovering from an Achilles injury suffered last season, with a two-year, $48.5 million extension.
While the move is a good for the franchise in terms of being able to lock up their star player for what might be the last two years of his career, there are already several voices that indicate that his contract is probably a bit higher than what anyone expected. But, that doesn’t mean that Kobe won’t be able to live up to the hype, as he’s been doing that throughout his whole career.
Considered by many as one of the best – if not the best – shooting guard of all time, Kobe is the face, heart and soul of this franchise. He’s won several titles and personal accolades as a Laker and while he earned his right to sign a new deal for all the intangibles he brings to the table, age might catch up with him sooner rather than later.
Last season already saw Kobe making a huge change on his style as he started to pass the ball often, which resulted in a higher assist total while sacrificing his points per game. He was still the no. 1 choice offensively on a team that also featured Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol and with D-12 now gone, Bryant’s responsibilities on the offensive side of the ball will only get bigger this year.
That being said, Kobe is already getting up there in age and he’s coming off a serious injury. While he was able to recover quicker than expected, it remains to be seen if he will be able to come back strong and most importantly, if he doesn’t have any setbacks.
If Kobe comes out as sharp as usual, his contract might end up being a bargain as he’s still one of the best players in the NBA when he’s on his game. But if he suffers from setbacks and if age catches up with him, this move might end up being something they regret in the future.