The backlash for Kobe Bryant’s two-year, $48.5 million contract extension was quite incredible with fans calling him greedy for taking so much money with his career coming to an end. Even if you don’t agree with the ridiculous deal, Bryant is certainly not the person that should be blamed for it.
“This was easy,” Bryant told Yahoo Sports on Monday night. “This wasn’t a negotiation. The Lakers made their offer with cap and building a great team in mind while still taking care of me as a player.
“I simply agreed to the offer.”
That’s right folks. The Los Angeles Lakers came to Bryant with the offer. It wasn’t as if he held the organization hostage and told them his price was $50 million or he walked. Los Angeles decided that Bryant was worth every penny, and who are we to decide otherwise?
The fact is Kobe will still make the Lakers competitive, assuming he can stay healthy. He also will put fans in the stands, which is half of the battle in the NBA.
“This wasn’t something I decided to do; this wasn’t something [general manager] Mitch Kupchak decided to do. This was a Buss family decision,” Lakers executive vice president of player personnel Jim Buss told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Monday night.
“We made him the highest-paid player in the NBA because we felt like it was the right thing to do. This wasn’t about what somebody else would pay him or outbidding anyone for him.
“This was to continue his legacy [with the Lakers], our legacy of loyalty to our iconic players.”
If any fan thinks it was wrong for Bryant to ink the large deal, don’t blow up his Twitter handle about it. Write letters to the Buss family because it was all on them. However, before you do such a thing, take a while to think about it. Kobe is one of the greatest players to ever play the game. Not to mention, he has proven he still has the determination and ability to take the Lakers to great heights.