The Los Angeles Lakers extending Kobe Bryant has gotten some good and bad reviews from the media and just about anyone who felt like it was necessary to pass their opinion on the highly debated topic. If the Lakers are unable to win another championship with Kobe it will certainly be a travesty. However, allowing the Black Mamba to wear a different uniform would have been an even bigger one.
The Lakers still have enough money to bring in another superstar to pair with Bryant in hopes of getting Kobe his sixth championship ring, but there is so much more than just a run to another championship that Kobe can play for.
Kobe is currently 6,770 points behind all-time scoring leader and former Laker, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Watching Bryant attempt to reach that milestone will be just as exciting as trying to get Kobe his sixth NBA championship. Even if Kobe comes up short of Kareem, as long as he is healthy finishing second to Jabbar is a certain possibility. Either way, it is a tremendous accomplishment for Bryant.
The Lakers did the right thing by extending Kobe before putting any of their money in players who haven’t given anything to the purple and gold. Bryant has been part of five championships for the Lakers, and he was MVP for two of them. Bringing in a player like Carmelo Anthony to help Kobe is still something that can be done, so this extension isn’t as crippling as many believe.
Bryant’s ability may be declining due to age, but his will to win is and always will be 110 percent. Will that be enough to get his sixth ring? Maybe not. Will bringing in a player like Melo be enough to get Kobe his sixth ring? Maybe not. Even with all that said, keeping Bryant in the purple and gold will end up being the greatest consolation prize the Lakers could have asked for.
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