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fairandbalanced
04-03-2010, 10:47 AM
Bryant could earn $27.4 million in 2011-12, $30.2 million the following season and more than $32 million in his final year, when he would be 35.



http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=5050933

Do you think Kobe is worth 30 million a year?

jimbobjarree
04-03-2010, 10:50 AM
dont get why you'd increase a 31 year olds contract by 2 million every year when his level of play will most likely decline not increase. He had to be extended though.

ATX
04-03-2010, 11:00 AM
~30 mill a year. That's just beyond ridiculous.

Hellcrooner
04-03-2010, 11:03 AM
the thing is.

With Bynums and Paus, and Artest and Odoms contracts Lakers just dont have anything else to offer to Free Agents but MLES for the next couple years anyway so if KObe wants that you give him and forget bout someone making him an enticing offer to disturb him.

See how all of those contracts expire at the SAME time too making Lakers STRONG contenders to get not one but TWO max Free Agents in 4 years.

2014 Fa MArket here we go

KBfrom8to24
04-03-2010, 11:05 AM
dont get why you'd increase a 31 year olds contract by 2 million every year when his level of play will most likely decline not increase. He had to be extended though.
What? The guy is playing with multiple injuries, but still performing at a high level. He deserve it whatever you say. He is still the best complete player in the league. Most importantly, he sells tickets that made Jerry Buss more richer.

Ragun
04-03-2010, 11:06 AM
it doesnt matter. he is still a top 2 talent in this league and its not like they can sign a significant free agent. they still have the MLE

JDizzle
04-03-2010, 11:12 AM
yes as long as pau lamar and artest at least 2 of those 3 are there to help kobe they will be good remember we saw kobe before by himeself it didnt work out good the lakers I believe just only won 40 some games then didnt even make the playoffs so kobe does need some help.

clehmun
04-03-2010, 11:24 AM
Almost every contract in sports have an increase in salary every year.
Kobe's worth the 30 million. Not only for what he brings to the table on the court, but off the court (jerseys, tickets, television, etc).

if you got guys like rashard lewis making almost 24 million in the last year of his contract, and elton brand making 18 million 3 years from now.... then kobe can be making 40 million a year and still be reasonable.

Highlight
04-03-2010, 11:31 AM
Almost every contract in sports have an increase in salary every year.
Kobe's worth the 30 million. Not only for what he brings to the table on the court, but off the court (jerseys, tickets, television, etc).

if you got guys like rashard lewis making almost 24 million in the last year of his contract, and elton brand making 18 million 3 years from now.... so kobe can be making 40 million a year and still be reasonably.

Agreed. He's made Buss a ridiculous amount of money and like Hellcrooner pointed out, the Lakers have set themselves up for 2014. Their main contracts end then and they will be looking to pick up some big free agents, so this doesn't hurt LA.

It just guarantees that they will be title contenders for the next 4 years.

nuggetsyankees
04-03-2010, 11:46 AM
they want LeBron after this if Kobe isn't as effective at the end of this...Lebron is expected to sign a 3 year deal...so giving Kobe a 3 year extension could make LeBron a possibility

acehole
04-03-2010, 11:49 AM
this is insane! what im wondering is..now does this influence Lebron? Will be asking for that kinda money come free agency??

J-Relo
04-03-2010, 11:49 AM
You sign Kobe you get elite production day in day out, massive groups of fans, possible FA - ringsseekers...

TheKing23
04-03-2010, 12:08 PM
$30 million for a 35 year old is ridiculous.

$30 million for a prime Kobe is spot on, age will take it's toll on him and although he'll still better than 95% of the league, as he gets older and he's effectiveness decreases, that contract will get bigger and bigger.

Rocco007
04-03-2010, 12:10 PM
You can't put an actual value to what a Kobe brings to your franchise...Its beyond stats...After 13 seasons, hundreds of breath taking moments, 4 championships and 6 Finals...This is a career reward...and he's still not done...

JNA17
04-03-2010, 12:17 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=5050933

Do you think Kobe is worth 30 million a year?

and here you come :facepalm: .

Kobe has done so many things to the lakers organization that it goes beyond stats, it goes with championships, putting people in seats, and buss makes much more money from him then the contract he gave kobe anyway.

So yes kobe is worth it 100%. If you want to keep the top 2 player in the league on your team, you do everything you can to resign him.

jim51990
04-03-2010, 12:20 PM
even lebrons not worth that

fairandbalanced
04-03-2010, 12:22 PM
Considering the NBA may lower salary cap, the Lakers might have to settle for d league players for their bench.....In all seriousness, Kobe wasn't worth 30 million in his best days, how is he worth 30 mill at 35?

PBrianB3
04-03-2010, 12:25 PM
hate him, but he's worth it.

Law25
04-03-2010, 12:32 PM
hate him, but he's worth it.

Couldnt sum it up better:clap::clap::clap:

JNA17
04-03-2010, 12:43 PM
Considering the NBA may lower salary cap, the Lakers might have to settle for d league players for their bench.....In all seriousness, Kobe wasn't worth 30 million in his best days, how is he worth 30 mill at 35?

i rest my case :facepalm:

JordansBulls
04-03-2010, 12:49 PM
Kobe has done a lot for the NBA and probably brings in 50 million a year.

Mr. Net32
04-03-2010, 12:52 PM
Well MJ made 35mil his last 2 years :shrug: just sayin

tdunk21
04-03-2010, 01:06 PM
maybe lakers owner thinks kobe can win a ring on his own coz he spent more than half the cap on kobe

SwaggaIke
04-03-2010, 01:21 PM
Jordan made 30 million a year his last two years in the league. Kobe paid the cost to be the boss, let that man enjoy his millions.

kurivaimu
04-03-2010, 01:41 PM
to get 30 million at 35..sorry but thats just ridiculous

Hellcrooner
04-03-2010, 01:42 PM
Well MJ made 35mil his last 2 years :shrug: just sayin


Wich factoring inflation would mean around 50 million nowdays

-Kobe24-TJ19-
04-03-2010, 01:49 PM
maybe lakers owner thinks kobe can win a ring on his own coz he spent more than half the cap on kobe

haven't you heard he's the best owner in the NBA!

he spends his money wisely

Lakersfan2483
04-03-2010, 01:53 PM
Forbes magazine had an article in which they stated that [B]NO other player in Lakers' history has brought in more money than Kobe Bryant. Jerry Buss is a smart man and understands just what Kobe brings to the table from not only a basketball sense, but in terms of sales, and gross profit.

29$JerZ
04-03-2010, 01:56 PM
There is nothing wrong with the extension, Kobe brings more then just on court accolades.
Lakers also aren't going to have CAP to spend for a few years regardless of this extension or not so might as well keep your core which puts you in contention for another 3-4 years.

Lakersfan2483
04-03-2010, 01:56 PM
Kobe has done a lot for the NBA and probably brings in 50 million a year.

:clap:

Toenail Clipper
04-03-2010, 02:00 PM
He's worth it.
He plays through injuries and such and I don't think he will slow down for the next 3 years and he still will make the LA Lakers contenders.

Squad13
04-03-2010, 02:14 PM
Considering the NBA may lower salary cap, the Lakers might have to settle for d league players for their bench.....In all seriousness, Kobe wasn't worth 30 million in his best days, how is he worth 30 mill at 35?

Seriously ? We have our foundation locked up for 4 years+. Odom, Gasol, Bynum, and Kobe all all locked up. This is Jerry Bus paying Kobe we are already over the cap so its only coming out of Jerry Busses pockets. There are guys like J Oneil making 24 million and kobe isn't worth 30 ? You have the most ironic screen name on PSD

td0tsfinest
04-03-2010, 02:22 PM
He's still one of the best players in the league and I don't think that's going to change in the next few years.

avrpatsfan
04-03-2010, 02:27 PM
the thing is.

With Bynums and Paus, and Artest and Odoms contracts Lakers just dont have anything else to offer to Free Agents but MLES for the next couple years anyway so if KObe wants that you give him and forget bout someone making him an enticing offer to disturb him.

See how all of those contracts expire at the SAME time too making Lakers STRONG contenders to get not one but TWO max Free Agents in 4 years.

2014 Fa MArket here we go

This.

kingcanadian409
04-03-2010, 02:34 PM
To me it appears that the lakers are the Yankees of the NBA, officialy. 30 mil is ridiulous!

Raph12
04-03-2010, 02:38 PM
Is his play worth 30+mil a year, no, is his overall value worth 30+mil a year, hell yeah.

Gibby
04-03-2010, 02:41 PM
Kobe killing lakers cap space is irrelevant. Even if the lakers don't resign kobe, they still wouldn't have any cap space. Yes their payroll is high but they make enough money. Kobe sells so much tickets and creates revenue. paying him 30 million is bargain from a business perspective.

chicagofan08
04-03-2010, 03:21 PM
You can't put an actual value to what a Kobe brings to your franchise...Its beyond stats...After 13 seasons, hundreds of breath taking moments, 4 championships and 6 Finals...This is a career reward...and he's still not done...

A little similar to what MJ did for the Bulls 96-98 when he retired for the 2nd time at age 35. He made 25 million in 97 and 30 million in 98 but like you say it is what he brought the Bulls 13 years (6 Finals, & NBA titles). Canīt argue that Kobe has done as well with the Lakers in the same amount of years.

B.JenningsMVP
04-03-2010, 03:26 PM
Yea!!

magichatnumber9
04-03-2010, 03:50 PM
Good For Kobe. I am glad he got what he earned.

ManRam
04-03-2010, 03:57 PM
32 million dollars for a 35 year old is not "worth" it. But it wont really matter too much in terms of putting a contending team out there. It's just going to hurt the Buss' pockets.

ARMIN12NBA
04-03-2010, 04:02 PM
Yes, this contract is a reward for the 14 years of service including 4 NBA Championships, MVPs, and all-around fabulous play (not to mention the billions of dollars he has likely made Buss).

SteveNash
04-03-2010, 04:04 PM
Should have been paid more.

ldc62
04-03-2010, 04:05 PM
Kobe shoulda just reduced his salary. That way the Lakers would have some leeway with salary and signings.

barreleffact
04-03-2010, 04:26 PM
as a player these days, NO!!!! as a business icon, yes in every way. kobe by himself makes LA most of its money. also, somebody does have a great point about having their entire rostr empty in 3 years so they can sign whoever. smart deal, but as a player nobody short of lebron is worth it regardless of what the going rates are

Kevj77
04-03-2010, 04:28 PM
maybe lakers owner thinks kobe can win a ring on his own coz he spent more than half the cap on kobeThe Lakers would be over the cap without extending Kobe. Just paying Pau, Bynum, LO, Artest and Luke. All they were going to have before they extended Kobe was they MLE so whats the difference.

Like Hellcrooner pointed out all these contracts expire in 2014. So the Lakers set themselves up to contend for the next four years then be a big player in FA with tons of cap spce in 2014. Sounds like a well thought out plan to me.

Reversed86Curse
04-03-2010, 05:24 PM
Well MJ made 35mil his last 2 years :shrug: just sayin

Kobes no MJ

what54!?
04-03-2010, 05:34 PM
:speechless:

kobe and his kids should be set for life

kjoke
04-03-2010, 05:49 PM
so he gave the nba and la fans championships and money, that doesnt mean that should sign him to a ridiculous contract. Teams should never look at what the player has done, but of what he can do, and the way he will be playing in 2 years is not worth 30 million.
I get with what everyone is saying that hes made buss and the lakers plenty of money, but in the feild of business you givve money for performance,not cut cap space for a player whose increasing in age

bonuses that give that much money?, maybe, but dont put that much money on player's contract

_KB24_
04-03-2010, 05:49 PM
:clap: This most likely means he's going to finish his career off as a Laker now.

Somewhere, Latrell Sprewell is kicking himself. I don't even think 90 million would be enough to feed his family! (I mentioned Sprewell because I saw him in Vegas a week ago!)

barreleffact
04-03-2010, 05:50 PM
Well MJ made 35mil his last 2 years :shrug: just sayin

MJ also won titles those years too....

jackdawson
04-03-2010, 06:24 PM
well, then LeBron should be worth 60+ million a year.

Matrix3132
04-03-2010, 06:37 PM
and here you come :facepalm: .

Kobe has done so many things to the lakers organization that it goes beyond stats, it goes with championships, putting people in seats, and buss makes much more money from him then the contract he gave kobe anyway.

So yes kobe is worth it 100%. If you want to keep the top 2 player in the league on your team, you do everything you can to resign him.

That's the same logic utilized for Shaq's last deal. Now he's a $20mil a year role player about 3 years removed from being a dominant player. The cavs are better without him out there clogging up Lebron's driving lanes. I know big men deteriorate quicker and that Kobe has good years left in him but I don't care who the player is, the nba is a team game and no player is worth that much of the salary cap.

masalex1205
04-03-2010, 06:43 PM
Kobe is a great player but he has a LOT of miles on his body. Remember he came into the NBA straight from high school and has been on long playoff runs.

I know a lot of you Lakers fans think Kobe isn't going to start declining until he's 40 but its going to start sooner than you think. $30 mil at age 35 is a LOT of money

JordansBulls
04-03-2010, 06:44 PM
A little similar to what MJ did for the Bulls 96-98 when he retired for the 2nd time at age 35. He made 25 million in 97 and 30 million in 98 but like you say it is what he brought the Bulls 13 years (6 Finals, & NBA titles). Canīt argue that Kobe has done as well with the Lakers in the same amount of years.

Totally different. MJ was underpaid his entire career prior to that. The most he made was 4 million a season. A guy who was his rival at the time in Ewing IIRC was getting 18 million a season in 1996

Kevj77
04-03-2010, 07:16 PM
^^ That is true. In the 80s and early 90s even superstars like Magic, Bird and Jordan only made about 3-4 mil a year. The league was dying in 1980 with bad attendance and no TV contract. Magic and Bird saved the league and Jordan took it to the next level and worldwide.

MJ wasn't really underpaid 4 mil a year was a good paycheck until those great players made the NBA as popular as it is today allowing even average players the ability to make 3-4 times what they did and superstars 10 times that. MJ took the NBA to new heights of popularity that allowed current players to be way overpaid

ManChild
04-03-2010, 07:18 PM
That's a lot of dough.

magichatnumber9
04-03-2010, 07:43 PM
Kobe is worth a lot but this is the wrong way to go about it. Pay Kobe 16-18 million dollars a year and reward him by keeping on the payroll for the rest of his life. That is worth more then 30 Mil a year, it shows great loyalty and allows you to nab a decent free agent to compliment Kobe. Duh

Shaddix
04-03-2010, 07:57 PM
It's a pure business move. You cannot put a value on what he does for the Lakers for merchandising. Whether he was worth it or not, you can't let him go to another team.

shep33
04-03-2010, 08:02 PM
If people are looking at this as a business perspective its a good deal for both sides. I don't think people realize how much money Kobe makes the Lakers and the NBA. I read somewhere that the Lakers made $55 mill after payroll last year. His jersey sales have been tops all over the world, and the guy fills up laker stands allowing them to charge ridiculous prices for seats each game. Money wise, the Lakers don't really care, cause they'll get it back with his status and ability to sell tickets. Kobe makes the whole league money, but moreso for the Lakers.

Put it this way, the Lakers fill up road games pretty much all the time. Fans look at their scheds to see when LA comes to town. The guy is a money maker for everyone.

fairandbalanced
04-03-2010, 08:04 PM
It's a pure business move. You cannot put a value on what he does for the Lakers for merchandising. Whether he was worth it or not, you can't let him go to another team.

With or without Kobe, the Lakers will still be financially stable.....the Knicks don't even have a star player and they still selling out tickets, it's not always about the super star. If Kobe does not play for the Lakers, it won't make a 30 million, heck it won't make a 15 million dollar difference.

jimbobjarree
04-03-2010, 08:12 PM
What? The guy is playing with multiple injuries, but still performing at a high level. He deserve it whatever you say. He is still the best complete player in the league. Most importantly, he sells tickets that made Jerry Buss more richer.

no I was just saying in general, I dont get why NBA teams give 30+ year olds contracts that increase as their skill level decreases

Shaddix
04-03-2010, 08:13 PM
With or without Kobe, the Lakers will still be financially stable.....the Knicks don't even have a star player and they still selling out tickets, it's not always about the super star. If Kobe does not play for the Lakers, it won't make a 30 million, heck it won't make a 15 million dollar difference.

WTF are you talking about dude. Kobe sells the most jerseys out of anyone internationally. That's ENORMOUS for marketing. Business isn't all about consistency, it's about making MORE money. They would make LESS money if they didn't sign Kobe. That's what he does for that franchise off the court.

netsgiantsyanks
04-03-2010, 08:14 PM
kobe deserves it..... hes the best player in the nba he helps his team out he makes the lakers fo shitloads of money and....hes kobe

ManRam
04-03-2010, 08:15 PM
Yes, this contract is a reward for the 14 years of service including 4 NBA Championships, MVPs, and all-around fabulous play (not to mention the billions of dollars he has likely made Buss).

No way has he made billions for Buss...not even remotely close.

shep33
04-03-2010, 08:15 PM
With or without Kobe, the Lakers will still be financially stable.....the Knicks don't even have a star player and they still selling out tickets, it's not always about the super star. If Kobe does not play for the Lakers, it won't make a 30 million, heck it won't make a 15 million dollar difference.

LA will always make money i agree, but without Kobe say they keep getting knocked out in the 1st round. In that case i'm pretty sure they'll lose millions. Just think about the playoffs for a sec. LA would still have 3 rounds to go (getting to the finals), and potentially play 11-12 more home games=more revenue. On top of that, the sponsors, national television, merchandise, etc. will make them a lot more money. The better the team is the more money they will make. And if Kobe is on the team and say the make the Finals for another 3 years, they'll easily get their money back and much more.

fairandbalanced
04-03-2010, 08:16 PM
WTF are you talking about dude. Kobe sells the most jerseys out of anyone internationally. That's ENORMOUS for marketing. Business isn't all about consistency, it's about making MORE money. They would make LESS money if they didn't sign Kobe. That's what he does for that franchise off the court.

All the Jerseys he sells does not add up to $5 million. Account for the other 25 mill

fairandbalanced
04-03-2010, 08:18 PM
LA will always make money i agree, but without Kobe say they keep getting knocked out in the 1st round. In that case i'm pretty sure they'll lose millions. Just think about the playoffs for a sec. LA would still have 3 rounds to go (getting to the finals), and potentially play 11-12 more home games=more revenue. On top of that, the sponsors, national television, merchandise, etc. will make them a lot more money. The better the team is the more money they will make. And if Kobe is on the team and say the make the Finals for another 3 years, they'll easily get their money back and much more.

If Gasol or Bynum has a lengthy injury, you will be eliminated in the 1st round anyways, with no money left to sign anyone as replacement.

BaustinSali08
04-03-2010, 08:18 PM
Having Kobe at this point in time makes the Lakers a contender. I can't really imagine Kobe without a Laker jersey on anyway. So yes, the money was worth it in the Lakers position.

Shaddix
04-03-2010, 08:36 PM
All the Jerseys he sells does not add up to $5 million. Account for the other 25 mill

he deserves 25 mil per year alone by his play. That mean that the Lakers are paying him 5 mil to put him name on a lakers jersey (which is the nba's top selling), to attract customers to watch him play at games, internationally people buy the nba channel to watch him play for than any other person/team, advertising he does wonders.

Montana_Rob
04-03-2010, 08:44 PM
There is absolutely no way the lakers were going to let Kobe get away. So if its 30 mil a year he wants, that's what he will get!

kdman77
04-03-2010, 09:05 PM
All the Jerseys he sells does not add up to $5 million. Account for the other 25 mill
Yeah, Jerry Buss intentionally threw 25mil$ out of his pocket just for the fun of it.

As for whoever said the Lakers are the Yankees of the NBA, I guess there is no such thing as a salary cap. Yankees signing FA for an insane amount of money and the Lakers resigning their own FA for insane amount of money, see a slight difference there? Who was the Lakers last big money FA? They are certainly not the Magic, signing Rashard Lewis away from the Sonics.

I do think it is a ridiculous extension but the man is currently an icon of the NBA.

Qdawg
04-03-2010, 09:11 PM
To most teams no, to the Lakers who don't need the cap room, yes.

SwaggaIke
04-03-2010, 09:24 PM
^^ That is true. In the 80s and early 90s even superstars like Magic, Bird and Jordan only made about 3-4 mil a year. The league was dying in 1980 with bad attendance and no TV contract. Magic and Bird saved the league and Jordan took it to the next level and worldwide.

MJ wasn't really underpaid 4 mil a year was a good paycheck until those great players made the NBA as popular as it is today allowing even average players the ability to make 3-4 times what they did and superstars 10 times that. MJ took the NBA to new heights of popularity that allowed current players to be way overpaid

:facepalm:

Jordan played for 1 million a year both of his seasons in Washington. Excluding his last two season in Chicago he never made the big basketball money.

braveniler58
04-03-2010, 09:30 PM
At first sight, I went "Holy ****, 30 mil a year? For a 35-year old Kobe?"

But then, if Nash can play the way he has as a 36-year old, there's no reason why Kobe can't. Good deal.

kblo247
04-03-2010, 09:35 PM
LA will always make money i agree, but without Kobe say they keep getting knocked out in the 1st round. In that case i'm pretty sure they'll lose millions. Just think about the playoffs for a sec. LA would still have 3 rounds to go (getting to the finals), and potentially play 11-12 more home games=more revenue. On top of that, the sponsors, national television, merchandise, etc. will make them a lot more money. The better the team is the more money they will make. And if Kobe is on the team and say the make the Finals for another 3 years, they'll easily get their money back and much more.

Let's put it this way.

According to Forbes Magazine:

The Kobe, Smush, and Kwame Lakers made almost 3 times the profits than the 3 peat Kobe/Shaq teams in two years.

The only won 4 playoff games but clocked 3 times the dough off the Kobe solo act and Buss knows that a successful Kobe just means more money and fresh out of high school hoes for him.

KBfrom8to24
04-04-2010, 12:12 AM
so he gave the nba and la fans championships and money, that doesnt mean that should sign him to a ridiculous contract. Teams should never look at what the player has done, but of what he can do, and the way he will be playing in 2 years is not worth 30 million.
I get with what everyone is saying that hes made buss and the lakers plenty of money, but in the feild of business you givve money for performance,not cut cap space for a player whose increasing in age

bonuses that give that much money?, maybe, but dont put that much money on player's contract
MJ started winning titles at the age of 29, and Kobe is only 31. So what's the difference?

KBfrom8to24
04-04-2010, 12:30 AM
Kobes no MJ
Yeah but Kobe's outside shooting is better than MJ. That's what MJ did in his last playing years, settled for outside shooting than penetrating. So Kobe worth the contract.

KBfrom8to24
04-04-2010, 12:41 AM
no I was just saying in general, I dont get why NBA teams give 30+ year olds contracts that increase as their skill level decreases
But kobe is not on a decline yet, as i say in one of my post, MJ started winning titles at the age of 29, Kobe is only 31 with an unlimited outside shooting. All Kobe should do is doing an MJ who settled for outside jumpers. We all know that MJ's outside shooting became deadly in his last playing years.

heatking
04-04-2010, 01:32 AM
you simply cant lose a player of kobes caliber... It doesnt matter if you have to pay him 40 million. Kobe makes you that much better.

NYK_kidd77
04-04-2010, 01:52 AM
Doesn't really matter if he deserved it or not, hes earned it.

Toenail Clipper
04-04-2010, 02:14 AM
In my opinion, they should've invested on their bench.

raidernation81
04-04-2010, 02:22 AM
He's worth every penny=nickel=dime=quarter=dollar and some more...

Jacob K.
04-04-2010, 02:23 AM
kobe isnt jordan! you cant compare it!

SouljahPhil...
04-04-2010, 02:51 AM
i LOVE how people around here are saying that they should have invested on their bench or sign another player to compliment him..Do some research guys..with or without kobe the lakers will only have the mle and lle for the next 3 years..So how can they sign another player? they could only sign a decent player and vets..

Check your facts..lol

faridk89
04-04-2010, 03:18 AM
it doesnt matter. he is still a top 2 talent in this league and its not like they can sign a significant free agent. they still have the MLE

wrong he's the best player in the league, i've said it once and i'll say it again, he makes every player on his team 20x better, and is better then lebron (even tho lebron is more athletic)

smith&wesson
04-04-2010, 03:45 AM
kobe has three solid years left in him. yes he is worth the money.
he will lead that team to conention every year unless a freak injury ocurs.
plus most of theyre core players are under contract any ways.

sventhedog
04-04-2010, 11:06 PM
he might be worth that amount but it screws up the teams future. it would limit them to their current players. this is a statement that the lakers trust their current team to win more titles because they won't have much options if they don't.

G-Funk
04-05-2010, 10:17 AM
1. It's Jerry Buss thanking Kobe for what he did as a Laker
2. Kobe is the most popular player world wide.
3. Kobe will be a top talent for a few more years.
4. He earned it, every penny.
5. Lebron, Wade, Dwight, Melo will see that amount if they stay in there teams.

SouljahPhil...
04-05-2010, 10:30 AM
he might be worth that amount but it screws up the teams future. it would limit them to their current players. this is a statement that the lakers trust their current team to win more titles because they won't have much options if they don't.

hmmm...how does he screw up the teams future? care 2 elaborate? even if they have not resigned kobe..the lakers are screw with the cap..almost all their contracts after this year expires 3 or 4 years from now.. They could only sign a player with mle money... Buss would just be hit hard with luxury tax..that would be the problem..

Miltown34
04-05-2010, 10:39 AM
Nope he is not cus, if LeBron just gets 16-20 million a year and he is likely to improve then how is Kobe going to get paid 30 mil a year at age 33-36. Next year he gets paid 24 mil

mikantsass
04-05-2010, 11:00 AM
This seems like a "lifetime achievement" type of contract. In a non-capped sport, he is definitely worth it. When you have a cap to work around, a $30mil hit is significant and tough to build around.

mr_relevant
04-06-2010, 12:17 AM
With a player like Kobe, 30 million a year is worth it, considering the money you'll get from endorsements, TV deals, jersey sales etc.

tredigs
04-06-2010, 12:41 AM
This is good news for fans of every team outside of LA.

Iceman778
04-06-2010, 12:05 PM
no,no there isnt.and no he isnt

eugene
04-06-2010, 12:39 PM
Almost every contract in sports have an increase in salary every year.
Kobe's worth the 30 million. Not only for what he brings to the table on the court, but off the court (jerseys, tickets, television, etc).

if you got guys like rashard lewis making almost 24 million in the last year of his contract, and elton brand making 18 million 3 years from now.... then kobe can be making 40 million a year and still be reasonable.

I agree... As far as an army of slobbery teenagers idolizing him and paying for everything which is related to Kobe he is worth even more.

basketfan4life
04-06-2010, 12:53 PM
i saw 2-3 people are aware of what i am going to say,but others don't...lets look at all angles if he is worth it.

1-)popularity: believe me or not,Kobe is the most popular basketball player(if not the athlete) in the world by far,far,far. did you see opening ceremony of 2008 olympics?The name of Kobe brought the stadium down with all other usa team players around in China.
Another example,2-3 days ago lebron told that he probably isn't participating world cup 2010 in Turkey,and i am from Turkey,there is no one,just one,fan or analyst or any person is upset about the fact that he is not coming,same thing about wade's situation.but if Kobe says he is not coming,it would be devastating for any basketball fan here,USA games wouldn't sell out..every day you can see here people wearing Kobe jerseys and t-shirts,and basketball courts,indoors or outdoors are full of people wearing something about Kobe.
there is a Turkish kobe/lakers web site with 10000 members,watching all of his games(even preseason),traveling to another cities to watch games together(la home games are at 5.30 am in here),and last years c'ship,oh they went crazy.they even hate on Memo or Hedo if they are opponent to Kobe.i don't know why this is happening this way, lebron and wade are hell of a players too,but this is the fact.get out of USA,and you will understand.

2-)his play: lebron may be the best player,or kobe may be the best player, but i don't think this is important for j.buss, here is the fact, in his 13 years lakers played 6 finals(nearly 1 out of 2) and won 4 c'ships, he took his team to 2 straight finals last 2 years,it means that this player is taking you to the trophy or one step short for last couple years with the supporting cast around, and guess what, the supporting cast is around for at least 3 more years,guaranteed. does buss wanna look at stats if lebron is the best player? an owners goal is to win,and this guy keeps winning.

3-)with or without him,the lakers only have mle and lle for next 3 years...

4-)if there is a thing called loyalty in sports,this is buss' loyalty to Kobe and all he had done for his franchise.

so yes,he worths every penny of that deal, if not more.

Blackjack24
04-06-2010, 01:21 PM
In a nutshell, the Lakers are capped out with or without him-- so to the Lakers, absolutely. Keeping him at whatever cost increases their talent, their wins, their media and merchandising, etc.

To any other team, this contract would wreck the cap and cripple the team.

Lakers4ItAll
04-06-2010, 01:25 PM
this just sets up Lebron to stay in CLE for the next 3 years then come to LA. At that point Kobe will sign a MLE or retire

SouljahPhil...
04-06-2010, 01:57 PM
this just sets up Lebron to stay in CLE for the next 3 years then come to LA. At that point Kobe will sign a MLE or retire

just to correct you man..kobe will be in LA for 4 more years... so Lebron if he wants to come 2 LA should sign a 4 year deal...

3 year extension plus 1 yr left on his contract because he didn't opt out so kobe has 4 more years in LA...

RaiderLakersA's
04-06-2010, 04:34 PM
Yes. There are only a handful of players that, if added to your team, turns it into an instant cash cow. Kobe is one of those players.

MagicDojo
04-06-2010, 04:36 PM
Four years from now he will not impact the game the way he does now.