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Kobe Bryant: Exit interview

Orange County residents, be warned. Kobe Bryant may very well be driving around like a bat out of hell for the next couple weeks.  It's got nothing to do with a reckless disregard for public safety or trying to channel his inner "Vin Diesel," but rather a sudden surplus of idle time. "You kind of go through that phase of, you wake up in the morning and it feels like you're supposed to be doing something," smiled Bryant sheepishly. "It feels like you're late for something."

The Mamba might take up scuba diving as a means of killing time at 6 am (wake up habits die hard) or just play with his daughters, but either way, even this notorious workaholic is looking forward to relaxing with "no evil flashbacks."  And no matter how badly Bryant may jones for an activity, he won't burn an afternoon in the O.R.  His famously busted finger will remain as such. 

"I won a championship. I'm not changing a damn thing."

Kobe turned more serious when asked to describe the importance of resigning Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza.  "Extremely critical," acknowledged 24.  "Those are pieces that are tough to find."  Not just for their talent, but the way LO and TA blend in to create a valuable team-wide dynamic.  "It's rare that you find a collection of guys that are so talented but willing to sacrifice themselves for the benefit of the group.  So it's of the utmost importance."

So with that urgency in mind, how much time did Kobe devote towards the topic during his exit meeting?  "Zero," nodded Kobe.  "(Mitch Kupchak and Phil Jackson) know where my head's at, I know where their heads (are) at.  We understand the significance of it and what we can do with this team.  The potential with this team is limitless.  We already know that." 

Instead, the meeting was spent mostly talking casual shop.  Swapping "various stories."  Kobe giving PJ the lowdown on what to expect with his "Tonight Show" appearance.  And if they're like the rest of America, taking sides on this whole "Jon and Kate Plus 8" debacle.

This would be the "dodge and parry" section of the interview.  Asked about the "sacrifices" likely required to bring Ariza and Odom back, Kobe labeled them a front office issue.   BK asked how his opt out could potentially affect these proceedings.   "No idea. I can't even read."  So will he in fact opt out?  "I can't read," Kobe insisted.  Asked why, by his own admission, he's "deflecting" ETO questions, Kobe said he didn't want his situation blowing up into something bigger than it deserves. "I know I ain't going nowhere, so it's a waste of my breath just talking about it." 

Relocation isn't quite what folks were driving at, but it became pretty clear this particular discussion wasn't going anywhere.

Kobe's not the only guy set for some kicking back. "Kobe puppet is in the pool, chilling," grinned Bryant of his felted doppelganger. "He's not doing anything." Not too long ago, Kobe wouldn't have been able to imagine himself (or his puppet) laying back and drinking in a title with this particular team, but he credited the brass for their efforts. "Ownership made the necessary steps to put us in this position and made the necessary steps to put us in this position."

I wondered if Kobe had recently thought about how, if management took his trade request to heart, he might not be here to enjoy this? Pretty simple answer.

"No."



Previous Exit Interviews:

AK

 
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"I know I ain't going nowhere"

Crap!! AK, he pulled a double negative on you!! He's leaving, probably for the Clippers!!

Or did you make a spelling mistake? Did he actually say, "No I ain't going nowhere", which would mean he's staying?

Would you please clarify that with him the next time you are playing poker with him and Jerry?

Spurs just adds Jefferson. They can easily get a trade with Lakers to sign Luke Walton, we are giving him away for nothing to sign Lo/Ariza and SB. Now, if Spurs can sign a free agent in Joel Pryzbilla and a healthy Sean May. Spurs will be complete and can beat the Lakers.

Pryzbilla
Duncan/Sean May
Jefferson/Walton
Ginobili/Roger Mason
Parker/George Hill

Look at the trade the Spurs just pulled, Mr. Jefferson for TRASH ( Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas and Fabricio Oberto) which the Bucks will probably release and they can go back to the Spurs.

and they complained about the Gasol trade??? LOL! Wow... we should have been talking to Milwaukee apparently... what would they give us for Adam Morrison?

If Kobe has nothing to do, then he should go get his hand fixed. He waited too long last summer and had to play with a bad hand all season. Fix the hand and enjoy the time off.

CONGRATZ again Kobe and the Lakers ... enjoy your vacations y'all!!

As for opting out of his contract for less money, while I'd be ectstatic if that happened I think the fair thing is for him to get max dollars. Not only does a star like kobe generate money for the lakers, he does it for all 29 other teams as well. Cuz when #24 shows up in town, people pay to watch.

I remember MJ's last few seasons with the bulls he was signing yearly contracts in excess of $30 mil ( http://tinyurl.com/n8u56u ). Bulls owner then made a comment like "I hope I don't regret this" which made MJ furious, cuz he's like damn I'm putting food on the table for y'all (mind you at that time he had no competitors, there was no lebron to his kobe, his g.o.a.t status was pretty much cemented)

Anyway moral of the story is if the bulls could keep that championship team together and let Jordan get his dough so should the lakers. Morever as some have pointed out, the key isn't trying to get your best player to take less than market value, the key is dumping your mediocre players (e.g. say either of sasha/luke in addition to sunyue, morrison) and getting the rest of your team to make sacrifices ala the odoms, ariza. fisher etc of the world.

Put another way, with or without a ring Kobe will get major endorsement deals. Without a ring, Ariza is a useful player elsewhere but ain't getting any significant endorsements. With a ring and playing alongside one of the most (if not the most) popular players in Kobe Bryant, Ariza all of a sudden becomes endorsement material similar to how fish has frs enery deal. No way Fisher gets that deal playing major minutes in utah.

Also the GM needs to do his job ... it's a tough sell getting odom/ariza to take less to stay in LA but hey I just made an argument above and I ain't getting paid GM money. This is what seperates the men from the boys, Kuptchak has definately done well for us so far and just like we expect kobe and the boys to repeat next year we need ex-cupcake to deal the first blow to the rest of the league by ensuring our major pieces come back. On a related note I personally think bringing farmar back over shannon brown would be a mistake but farmar got the minutes in the orlando series so I think management has already commited to that mistake but at leat it'll make lakertom happy.

Anywho I said enough. Congrats to all of us once again. I'm delibrating on whether to get my championship gear now or wait till I really start experiencing off-season depression and then go get my gear to rejuvinate me. Best believe I will be rocking my mvp t-shirt at any hater BBQ I get invited to.

How my @$$ taste now is really the best way to describe how I feel so kudos to Shaq for that. I think his jersey should be retired for making nice and besides when all is said and done I think #24 will have re-written history and we'll look back at the first 3peat and go Shaq realized his full potential when the young mamba started putting a lasting mark on da league

And yeah i said first 3peat cuz we most def got more coming folks, y'all heard pau, we tryna get used to this feeling, well not just this feeling, there's the feels good to humiliate boston, there's the dethroning the king once and for all, there's d wade really ain't on kobe's level epiphany, there's the cp3 will have to wait till kobe retires arguments, loving this yo, kuptchak get it done yo, be our off-season mvp.

Brandon Roy you will not stop our dynasty you obnoxious little prick ... I'm sorry just had to give that man his kudos ... he sticks it to us every single time but hey that's where bynum improving etc ... i.e. what young roy has over mamba in quickness, the latter will makeup for in leadership ... haha yup d era of kobe inspiring the likes of bynum is upon us .... did i tell y'all how much i'm loving this ...

PEACE

dallas raines' hair:

the richard jefferson trade is not even within the same league as the pau gasol trade. we traded pau for kwame! pau is a legitimate superstar. jefferson is a good second option at best. and oberto is not bad.

"a healthy Sean May"???

There is no such animal...

Funny thing is, there were people pushing to draft Sean May instead of Bynum with that 10th pick... hoofa...

I'm thinking this is how the Clippers are going to feel in a couple of years... the #1 pick and... some dude who got drafted #15 will be vastly superior...

"Nobody is saying that Kobe HAS to take less."

I have to go with Hobbit here Laker Tom because you did say:

"To do otherwise (implying that anything other than Kobe opting out to take a pay cut) would be a dumb move".

So basically you did say Kobe HAD to take less to keep this team intact. Would have it helped? No doubt but he didn't have to opt out. Then again you DID imply that he had to opt out and take a pay cut.

And mark my words: Kobe and Trevor COULD play some minutes together in the back court especially when there is a PG shortage similar to what happened when Jordan went down with injury BUT it will happen mostly in those situations.

In other words: THERE IS MUCH MORE CHANCE TO FIND KOBE PLAYING SF THAN PG.

And about Trevor wanting to adopt guard skills? That merely means he wants to be a possible ball handler from SF. Heck Odom handles the ball from the PF sometimes and even Pau but NEITHER are considered guards are they?

Best line up that WON the title:

Fisher-Bryant-Ariza-Odom-Gasol.


"Did you not see Luke perform in the finals? I wouldn't trade Luke Walton if I had to. His salary is not bad at all, he plays big in big games, he's our best passer, he plays better than average team defense and he can hit a lot of different shots. Luke proved himself to me this postseason.

It's Sasha I'd worry about. He's balsa wood at this point."

Agree with you there. Luke is no All-Star but he got the job done and didn't perform horribly as 0% Sasha Vujacic.

As much as I'd like for them to resign LO and Ariza, as an organization, the Lakers are a known quantity. They have been the standard by which all other WC teams are trying to emulate or beat.

Two skilled big men and athletic wings. The era of Shaq has ended in the West, IMO, meaning, just throwing any old big men out there to foul and shoot 20 footers has passed. Hence, Kurt Thomas and Fabio Oberto were banished to MIL.

No one ever bought into point guard led game out in the west.

We musn't stand pat with regards to looking for ways to improve. Trevor and Lamar are critical, but what are other teams doing to meet our known challenge?

IMO, the Jefferson trade was a good opening salvo. He's a good player, and I think he'll fit right into what the Spurs do. They are a good team, and they are probably one move away from being WC championship material again. If they get a skilled big man to meet our 3 big men (assuming LO stays), they we most certainly should look at them as competition again.

Greetings from "BLOG" Vacation. No, I'm not on an actual vacation, just taking some Blog time off to work on other things right now. Got some questions for the Patriarchs:

1. Did THE BET finally get fulfilled? Or is he still "banned"?

2. Are the Greenie Weenies still talking that "Just wait till 2010" caca del toro?

3. How many of y'all, besides me, have already figured out that Dr. Buss will eat that luxury tax penalty in order to keep LO/Trev/Shannon?

4. Who, if anybody, are we trying to draft? Hopefully we're looking for a defense minded player first. We are stockpiled with shooters. We need a brawny hip-checker who'll escort Kobe/Pau/Trev/LO down the lane & ain't afraid to FOUL The Lie, Superboy and the Queen.

5. Did y'all see Faith's picture with Vic the Brick at the Coliseum? CLASSIC!

I like how Kobe deflected the money issue :)
Let the rich doctor pay Lamar and Trevor.
Mamba Negro deserved every penny since he arrived in L.A.
Keep the Andrew, give the machine more minutes, both will shine in the repeat!!
WOW! we won :) A Lakers fan in the Netherlands

Here's one BIG thing, the Lakers are the NBA WORLD CHAMPIONS and no one can take that away, either by thought deed or word! San Antonio doesn't worry me much. Timmy is going to have tougher going at his age and bad legs. Manu is pretty much shot. And if Jeff is so good, why has he been with so many teams of late? Parker is really good, but you saw the toll that was taken on him having to do it all. If we sign Trev and Lamar, we'll be just fine. I think KB will assign more stuff to his teammates and pace himself even more for next year's title run. Oh, and KB going to the Clips, you've got to be kidding! Let's see, they've won how many titles, that would be none!

yellofever,
One of Kobe's main motivations is challenging Jordan's legacy. To seriously challenge Jordan's legacy, he needs to win at least 1, probably 2-3, more titles. Considering the salary cap and the typical position the Lakers have in the draft, his best opportunity to win more titles is to keep this current roster together as long as possilble. It is less of a sacrifice for Kobe to take $2M less than it is for Trevor Ariza to take $2M less. Primarily because of the Bryant/Gasol/Bynum contracts which are allowing the Lakers to compete for titles, ownership is well into the luxury tax, and thus loses double the net for every dollar they spend. (i.e. if Kobe makes $2M more, management loses $4M in net).

So, how can you possibly say it is is ludicrous to want Kobe (both from the perspective of a Lakers fan and of a Kobe fan) to consider taking less than the max salary, if that can be applied towards keeping Ariza and Odom?

you know who's an unrestricted free agent? The Birdman! LOL!

Chris "Birdman" Andersen is an unrestricted free agent after playing last season on a one-year deal for $797,581.

So if we lose Lamar and have to overpay for Ariza... why not? Get rid of Morrison's contract and bring in the Birdman!

Didn't I read where the Lakers earned an extra $48 million from their 12 home playoff games? And how much will the organization win from souvenir sales? Pay your players and compete for the next 5 years or so. Perhaps pick up a trade over that time as well.

KB Blitz,

Thanks for sticking up for me. :)

re: Luke. I wouldn't trade him either. He did everything
you'd want him to. Voluntarily asked to ride pine, so
Trevor could start. Made passes. Made shots. Played
defense. Ran the offense.

re: Sasha. I'm hopeful that he'll be much better next year.
Time will tell. However, while I don't agree with trading
Sasha, I understand why you would.

AK,

Who would've thought that Kupchack's exit interview thread would generate the most comments? haha

"If you're going to keep score this heavily (and largely ignore the positives), then I have to assume you don't think most GM's (if any) are particularly great at their job. I mean, check out the dudes Jerry West drafted or traded for in Memphis. Mistakes galore. I guess he doesn't know what he was doing, either. Again, I wholeheartedly admit not always believing Kupchak was the right man for the job. But I think his "failures" are often grossly exaggerated."

After Jerry West went to Memphis, the Grizz made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, as well as the following year. Sure, like any GM, West made some bad moves (Brian Cardinal comes to mind), but with his history of excellence (for both the Lakers and Grizz), he has earned the right to leniency for some bad moves.

Kupchack, on the other hand, had no such history of excellence prior to the summer of 2007. The reason I bring up Samaki Walker is because that was one of his first moves he made after taking over for West, and every move he made thereafter through 2007 was either a head-scratcher or just plain awful. (Again, please note that I have praised Kupchack's performance post 2007). Kupchack also promised Kobe that the team would contend immediately when Kobe re-signed, than went on to trade away Caron, and surround Kobe with Smush, Kwame, Luke, Divac, McKie and Cook. Any way you slice it, that is a monumental failure. (I find it amusing that there seem to be quite a few Smush and Kwame supporters on this blog when the topic of Kupchack's performance comes up.) With a solid foundation of Kobe, Caron and Lamar, only a couple solid moves could have instantly turned this team into a contender.

"I also think it's revisionist history to claim Kobe's demands kicked Kupchak into gear. He reacted to the rant by doing mostly nothing. Fisher fell into his lap due to unusual (and awful) circumstances, but beyond that, not much. Kupchak totally ignored the heavy fan/media pressure to make moves to trade for "names" like Kidd or J.O'Neal (which would have been bigger and costlier mistakes than anything he did)."

I credited Kupchack's post 2007 performance to "Kobe's pressure, as well as Kupachack's amazing GM skills, and good fortune". However, I have to disagree that he did nothing. He seemed pretty busy after Kobe's trade demands negotiating trades with Indy and Minn. None of those trades went through (fortunately), but to someone looking in from the outside, Kupchack seemed MUCH busier after the trade demands. I will acknowledge that it could have been mere coincidence, or the media being more active on reporting every trade discussion, but I cannot ignore the possibility that Kobe kicking "Kupchack into gear" was one of the factors (as the Kupcake critics predicted would happen).

Many bloggers here have pointed out that it is difficult to rebuild a team quickly in this day and age, which I completely agree with. But at the same time, as a GM, Kupchack understood these difficulties when he promised Kobe that the team would contend right away. (by the way, I will go out on a limb and argue that it is impossible to be a contender with Kwame, Smush, Luke and Cook as your starters). Also, when you have one of the best players of all time (a Kobe, or a Lebron, or a Duncan) on your team in their absolute prime, coupled with the fact that LA is arguably the most desirable team to play for, the GM's task of building a contender cannot get much easier.

blitz,

>>> I have to go with Hobbit here Laker Tom because you did say:
>>> "To do otherwise (implying that anything other than Kobe opting
>>> out to take a pay cut) would be a dumb move".

Of course, blitz. We all know that you have to disagree whenever I or hobbitmage post.

Yes, I did say that Kobe NOT taking less was a “dumb” move because it would be a huge benefit to him as far as his image and endorsements go and he would make the money back many fold if he took less.

>>> So basically you did say Kobe HAD to take less to keep this team intact.
>>> Would have it helped? No doubt but he didn't have to opt out. Then again
>>> you DID imply that he had to opt out and take a pay cut.

No, I never said that Kobe HAD to take less. Nobody knows for sure whether Kobe not taking less would make the difference in bringing back Lamar and Trevor. Common sense suggests that it would make it easier but nobody knows for sure.

Kobe may just decide not to opt out this year to avoid the controversy and because he is sure the Lakers will re-sign Lamar and Trevor. Or he may decide to opt and ask for the max thinking it won’t make a difference. But if it came down to making the difference, then I have no doubt Kobe would take less. He keeps score with championships.

I am still hoping he sees the opportunity this presents for him to enhance his image and future endorsements. Whether he does or not is up to him. And I do think it would be stupid of him to let this opportunity slip by. It is a win-win situation in my mind.

Tom

exhelodrvr,

You are right..People need to understand that Kobe is getting more years, so he is already getting more money!

Kobe wants ownership to sign lamar and trevor first because then all the pressure is on ownership to give him the max. If they sign Kobe first, and they dont keep Lamar and Ariza, everyone will blame Kobe taking the max. That's why Kobe wants them signed first.

I wish Kobe would take like 3 million less to save 6 million a year, but he won't. He would still get 24 million when he is 35 years old. Not bad for a player that age.

Ex,
"It is less of a sacrifice for Kobe to take $2M less than it is for Trevor Ariza to take $2M less."

True, but it is also less a sacrifice for ownership to take $4M less, than it is for Trevor or Kobe to take $2M less. Oh, and by the way, one of the job descriptions of being an owner is to pay players that generate W's and revenue for you. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think that's a player's job.

exhelodrvr,

The problem with your argument is that it ignores the fact that Kobe taking less or matter of fact any laker player taking less makes Jerry Buss richer. Why ask Kobe to do that? The max salary cap already ensures a team like new york can't sell their soul to get the likes of Kobe or Lebron. So in fact one can argue such players are getting below market value. And woah lets not forget Bynum's near max contract.

Like really it is very unfair to ask the best player working the harderst to be the one to make a sacrifice. The silly argument being if he wants to win so badly why shouldn't he take less. In essence we're punishing him for having a very good quality. Like it's cool to overpay bynum since afterall he doesn't want to win as badly, kobe is already getting joy out of being mvp. Really?

Y'all need to quit with this silly line of reasoning ... it is the latest form of kobe haterade ... I don't see people wondering whether lebron, wade, etc will sign for less in 2010, rather it's whether they'll stay loyal to their teams ... yet these are the same players that are in kobe's caliber that want it as bad as he does.

I regret how much money Bynum is going to get already, how much money luke got, how much money sasha got but have 0 regrets on the dollars kobe is making. Yet here we are asking him to take a paycut, in the same league where marbury made more money to sit @ home. But let me guess Marbury doesn't want to win so his compensation is money, kobe wanting to win so far his team is doing him a favor by helping him win?

Y'all need to stop and decist and instead focuss on how certain contracts can be dumped, how the current free agents that will lose championship endorsement opportunities if they go else where should sacrifice more and how jerry buss needs to either pay the luxury tax or start a serious campaign to abolish it.

But don't ask a player that is considered the best in the league to start taking less than market value, like come on y'all. You really want to put kobe in a situation where he has to be thinking o wow i'm helping pay for lamar and he ain't showup today with an A effort.

Now if y'all arguing that Buss should make an under the table ownership promise that's more reasonable though given his son's relationships with kobe I wouldn't shake on such a deal ala how jordan got bent over by the wizard owners

Anywho, y'all keep coming with your weak arguments ... I'll be here to shut them down if and when i read them.

@hobbitmage: The problem with Sasha is that he doesn't even begin to hide his disdain for his situation. I don't think that Jordan is handling it particularly well, but even he is eons better than Sasha in this regard. I just don't like where Sasha's head is at right now. Given that we won the title I wouldn't even be upset with his 0-fer (that can happen to anybody playing 4 mpg or whatever), but that attitude is a real concern. And there's no indication that it's going away anytime soon.

The only issue with Luke that anyone should have is his salary. It is what it is, unfortunately. But he's proven himself to be what the Lakers need coming off the bench, and especially in the second half of the season and the playoffs became a much steadier passer. Last year and the first half of this year he was much more erratic--trying to do too much, that sort of thing. Hopefully the last three or four months weren't a statistical blip.

I realize KB would much, MUCH rather have the Crown and the Finals MVP, but it's a shame that the Playoffs aren't included in the MVP race. LeBron 2009 MVP, yeah right. Wasn't he at home watching the REAL MVP win the Championship! I also think it's really strange too that Shaq will win only one MVP in his Career. Four Rings and only one MVP.

As for this TJ Simmers person, why does he get any attention, seems to me that he's pretty much irrelevant to the conversation. I do like critical writers for the home team, but just a reminder that the Lakers are the 2009 NBA Champions, however and however!

Look at the trade the Spurs just pulled, Mr. Jefferson for TRASH ( Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas and Fabricio Oberto) which the Bucks will probably release and they can go back to the Spurs.

and they complained about the Gasol trade??? LOL! Wow... we should have been talking to Milwaukee apparently... what would they give us for Adam Morrison?

Posted by: Dallas Raines' Hair | June 23, 2009 at 12:53 PM

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Heck ask for better player still trade Morrison and Luke Walton for Luc MBah a Moute or C. Villanova.

utzworld,

The bet has not been fulfilled.

Instead Butler began posting under different names claiming to be a "Lakers fan" and demanding that we trade Kobe Bryant.

Eventually I had enough and I scourged the heck out of that cowardly troll.

Haven't seen him since.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

I like Luke, but somebody has to go. Not sure who it will be yet, but somebody has to go.

SWWWWWWWWWWWW


This is goingto be real interesting starting Thursday night.

Here's what we have to do... it's pretty simple.

1. Lamar, Trevor, Shannon and Kobe are all going to have to take less money than they'd like to.

2. Dr. Buss is going to have to pay more luxury tax than he'd like to.

3. We get rid of Sun Yue and replace him with the best draft pick we have out of the three we pick.

4. Adam Morrison and Andrew Bynum have to develop next year so that Ammo can contribute and Andrew can dominate.

5. Sasha Vujacic needs to relax and regain his shot. If he doesn't, we need to trade him.

That's it.

Mutual compromise, a commitment to develop potential, and commitment to doing whatever it takes to win. That's all we need.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Here is Summer League schdule in Vegas;

2009 NBA Summer League Game Schedule:

Day Date Time Opponent Location
Friday July 10 5:00pm Lakers vs. Raptors Cox Pavillion

Saturday July 11 3:00pm Lakers vs. Cavs Cox Pavillion

Monday July 13 5:30pm Lakers vs. Clippers Thomas & Mack Center

Tuesday July 14 5:30pm Lakers vs. Thunder Thomas & Mack Center

Thursday July 16 3:00pm Lakers vs. Rockets Cox Pavillion


1. Did THE BET finally get fulfilled? Or is he still "banned"?

[[ He never was banned. Think about it. Why would KBros let him post his troll messages and then ban him so he can apologise. Not logical]]

2. Are the Greenie Weenies still talking that "Just wait till 2010" caca del toro?

{{ Yes but who cares? They are Laker lunch meat.]]

3. How many of y'all, besides me, have already figured out that Dr. Buss will eat that luxury tax penalty in order to keep LO/Trev/Shannon?

[[ Should be no brainer]]

4. Who, if anybody, are we trying to draft? Hopefully we're looking for a defense minded player first. We are stockpiled with shooters. We need a brawny hip-checker who'll escort Kobe/Pau/Trev/LO down the lane & ain't afraid to FOUL The Lie, Superboy and the Queen.

[[ Probably pg or euro player. If we draft enforcer like you describe who is not afraid to foul, everyone will get down on him and say he can't stay in game because he can't play D without fouling. Sound familiar?]]

5. Did y'all see Faith's picture with Vic the Brick at the Coliseum? CLASSIC!

[[No where can this pic be seen?]]

Posted by: utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER | June 23, 2009 at 01:30 PM

Go Lakers and improve the TEAM for Dynasty!!

Taliq,
What Buss has spent to put this team together has cut into his profits significantly. Nothing wrong with him not re-signing Odom and Ariza. Nothing wrong with asking Kobe to cut into his profits, too. Nothing wrong with Kobe opting out, and trying for the max. Nothing wrong with Odom and Ariza going to wherever they can get the most money. And nothing wrong with trying to figure out how to keep this roster together with reasonable accommodations made by all parties concerned.

I would like to see the Lakers win more titles. That is more important to me than Kobe getting $2M less per season than he could.

But nothing wrong with those of you who are Kobe fans before you are Lakers fans thinking differently.

how can Shannon Brown take any less money? LOL! I suppose we could force him to take a bus when everybody else flies to the next game? He stays at the Travelodge while the team stays at 4 star hotels?

I don't see why Kobe should take less money. 10% of say $20m is $2m. So, let's say the people who post here, some make $60K, others $80K and others $100K. Are you all willing to take a 10% haircut on your salary so your company can keep the people they currently have and still pay outrageous bonuses to top executives? I'm sorry, that's called "Goldman Sachs Logic"...

Consider how much money Kobe brings in to the Lakers. Why do you think the franchise is worth $500+m or whatever it is now? You're talking about a guy who causes over $100m in revenues each season and you want to chintz him on $2m or so?


"The Lakers are worth $584 million and are the second-most valuable NBA franchise behind the New York Knicks, according to an annual report on all 30 teams by Forbes magazine.
The Lakers were worth $24 million more than last year’s valuation and also had the league’s second-highest operating profit — $47.9 million (on $191 million in revenues.)"

You still think Kobe should take a pay cut?

cj,
We're not talking about last year. We're talking about next year. Revenues are projected to be down, and the Lakers will (probably) be significantly more about the luxury tax.

exhelodrvr,


My point is that Lakers, even in a slow economy, can still be highly profitable. Coming off a championship season, corporate and fan interests are high. The Lakers should be able to at least bring in as much revenue if not more. The Lakers have enough to pay their players if they want to and still be profitable.

"The Lakers are worth $584 million and are the second-most valuable NBA franchise behind the New York Knicks, according to an annual report on all 30 teams by Forbes magazine.
The Lakers were worth $24 million more than last year’s valuation and also had the league’s second-highest operating profit — $47.9 million (on $191 million in revenues.)"

You still think Kobe should take a pay cut?

Posted by: cj | June 23, 2009 at 04:59 PM

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So what is your point here?

Lakers 2009 champs

Knicks have not seen ship since hector was a pup.

Kobe won't take pay loss if he takes paycut. He will make more and better chances at more ships if he does.

My point is that Jerry Buss can bring back everybody back if he wants to because he has the revenue stream. It will be good for the fans, but not good for his pocket.


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