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Kobe extension?

Posted on: June 30, 2009 9:00 pm

Kobe Bryant will be a Laker for one more year. At least.

With Bryant, nothing is ever as simple as it seems. So the fact that Bryant apparently is allowing the deadline for invoking his early termination option for the 2009-10 season pass without a whimper -- or, more importantly, without a letter sent by certified mail -- only means there will be more drama next summer.

Or does it?

First, the news: As of 5 p.m. PT, Bryant's camp had not officially notified the Lakers that he was invoking the early termination clause. Bryant's contract stipulates that the notice has to be sent by certified mail (as in all such cases) and by the end of the day in Los Angeles. He only had to notify the Lakers if he was leaving. The Lakers interpret the timing of this deadline as midnight L.A. time, but that's after the midnight ET start of the free-agent negotiating period. Either way, Bryant apparently is true to his statement during the NBA Finals, when he said his contract situation "won't be an issue."
Now what? Bryant has a player option after next season, and one option would be to decline it and join the free-agent class of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh in 2010. But one league source suggested Tuesday night that Bryant might consider signing an extension with the Lakers this summer, which would end the drama that has accompanied much of his Hollywood career. A third possibility is to play two more years for the Lakers and take it from there.

Under normal circumstances, Bryant would want to maintain leverage by keeping the 2010 player option in hand. But with the salary cap expected to decline considerably next season, Bryant actually would get less money by opting out next summer and signing somewhere else than he would by signing an extension with the Lakers this summer. Something to think about. Just remember that this is Kobe, and he lives for leverage.

As beneficial as it would be to Bryant to sign an extension with the Lakers this summer -- assuming they can satisfy him by re-signing free agents Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza and bringing back coach Phil Jackson for another year -- it's difficult to imagine Bryant giving up leverage. How could he have a say about Jackson's successor and the direction of the franchise if he's already signed what surely will be his final contract?

Some things about Bryant never change. It's always every bit as complicated as it is interesting.

Category: NBA

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 8:00 am

Fake Family Love?

You have got to be kidding me. Obviously you are one of those people that just can't let it go. We all make mistakes at some point in our lives(like your spelling) but that doesn't mean we can't change. I think it's wonderful to see how much love he shows for his Family and the compassion, he shows on the Basketball Court. He has really matured into a Great Leader and Teammate for the Laker's Orginization. Who cares about Tatoos, only that the person who has them is a resposible and dedicated person...Such is Kobe" The Black Mamba" Bryant.

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2009 1:40 am

Kobe extension?

put down the hater-aid. the mere fact tht kobe did not opt out today is a sign that he is maturing and leaning more toward team player status. as for the veracity of his family i, much like you have no way of telling if they are legit or for publicity. the difference is that i don't care. people get so caught up in what these guys are doing that they forget that these are BASKETBALL PLAYERS not moral barometers. i only care how kobe plays, wins, and responds in relationship to his role on the Lakers.  the celtics are going after rasheed wallace the lakers should be thinking of ways to shed Derrick fisher and Sasha Vujacic not kobes homelife so watch basketball for the basketball and leave the talkshow stuff to Oprah.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2009 1:26 am
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Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2009 12:30 am

Kobe extension?

Yeah, child support for athletes is ridiculous. Just because they make a lot of money each year doesnt mean that their children eat more than others. Its total BS.
Clothes are clothes, food is food. Its not like they need the lavish lifestyle.

Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 12:26 am

Kobe extension?

What's up K-berg?

Good to read you on your new blog.  I bookmarked it on our blog so that I can check up on the latest NBA news.


Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2009 10:19 pm

Kobe extension?

The reason these athletes fo broke is not just because of all the people taking a piece of the pie, it's because most of them can't stay faithful to their wives and then end up in divorce court. 

What many people fail to realize is once you sign child support payments these athletes think when their playing days end that the payments will go down, they do not.  You are obligated to pay that amount every month until the child/children are of adult age (18) and although the laws vary state to state this mostly holds true.

Now factor in drug habits, gambling habits, too much money spent on bling and all these contributing factors are why they end up broke. Interestly enough many of the ex-wives of these men end up in a better financial situation than the athlete themselves.  There's always exceptions to the rule and plenty of deadbeat dads but you'd be surprised how many ex wives are living quite comfortably while the pro athelete is near pennyless.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2009 9:47 pm

Kobe extension?

Is Berger implying that he or anyone else in Kobe's position would do any differently?  I know sports fans always seem to think the guy making the big bucks should take a paycut to keep everyone else happy (or resign players so their team won't have to play luxury tax), but everyone has the right to earn what he can earn.  These multi-million dollar atheletes go broke all the time.  Yes, they have lavish lifestyles, but they also pour out a ton of money in taxes and for the dozens of agents, managers, trainers, parents, siblings, cousins, etc. etc. etc.  Kobe's entitled to earn the money he signed for and not a penny less.  Odom and Ariza and Brown will be with the Lakers next year because Dr. Buss covets championships more than money.  At his age (and bankroll) it's the only thing worth living for.  (Some 21 year old tail doesn't seem to hurt him either, though.)  I'm sure it would be a "nice gesture" for Kobe to sign for less in a long term contract to help resign other players, and maybe he'll do that, but we shouldn't expect it of him.  He's a man, after all, who works harder than 99.99% of the people in the world.  And if that dude isn't entitled to get his, who is?

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