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Lakers sign Kobe Bryant to a three-year extension

Kobe Lakers guard Kobe Bryant agreed to a three-year extension with the Lakers, meaning he will stay under contract through the 2013-14 season.

“We are extremely pleased that we were able to reach an agreement and come to terms on the extension at this time,” Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. “Kobe has been a cornerstone of the Lakers for well over a decade, helping to lead us to four NBA championships and in the process developing into one of the greatest players in basketball history.”

“Two of our main goals heading into this season were to sign Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol to contract extensions,” Kupchak said. “With the signing of Pau earlier this season and the signing of Kobe today, we were able to accomplish those goals, helping to keep the core of this team intact for the foreseeable future and in turn help to ensure the franchise’s continued success over the years to come.”

Bryant, who has played solely with the Lakers during his 13-year career,  has won four championships with the Lakers, one MVP and was named NBA Finals MVP. In June, shortly after the Lakers won their most recent NBA title, Bryant elected not to opt out of the final two years of his contract and instead planned to negotiate an extension. He told reporters in July during his summer camp at Loyola Marymount University that he wasn't worried about immediately reaching a deal, cognizant that Kupchak was then negotiating contracts with free agents Trevor Ariza and Lamar Odom.

Ariza, unhappy with the Lakers' offer, agreed to a five-year deal worth $33 million with the Houston Rockets, while the Lakers picked up Ron Artest from Houston with a three-year offer worth $18 million. Then in August, Odom signed a four-year deal with the Lakers worth about $33 million, with a team option for the final year. And last December, Gasol signed a $57-million extension that kept him with the team through 2013-14.

"Mitch has a lot on his plate," Bryant said at the time. "I'd rather him take care of those pieces first. He'll get around to me."

---The Times' Mike Bresnahan has additional details regarding Bryant's extension on the Times' Fabulous Forum blog.

-- Mark Medina

Photo: Kobe Bryant holds up the Larry O'Brien Trophy and the Bill Russell MVP trophy after the Lakers beat Orlando 99-86 to win the NBA Championship in game five of the NBA Finals at Amway Arena last June.Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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Fantastic! Wow! The nucleus of this team is set for the next 3 years. The trolls can whine all they want to, but we have multiple parades in our future.


Kobe signs. YES!!!!!!

Eric Wright,

"Mark my word's, unless Dr. Buss and Mitch guarantee Kobe a REAL point guard along with some shooters and a veteran tough guy, he's gone."

Posted by: Eric Wright | April 02, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Can't wait until we get introduced to that REAL point guard and those shooters along w/the veteran that Mitch must've signed to convince Kobe to stay thru '13-14

great news, KOBE, A LAKER FOR LIFE!

Yay! Not really surprising I guess, but still a good thing they got that settled.

The core team, except for Bynum, are all now on the same timeline. They need help regardless of what happens this year, but a lot easier to figure out when your foundation's in place.

Will all those who said Kobe was going to walk this year because the Lakers have been horrible please hang their heads in shame. LOL


Wherever there is injustice, you will find us. Wherever there is Black Mamba, we'll be there. And wherever there are/is/whateva a plethora of pugnacious, pizzy, punkified, puerile trolls poopifying on the pontifical posts of Laker Tom, Mamba24, Jon K, Zaira the Zelicious, and all the other faithful, loyal, true believer, we're-on-a-mission-from-Phil-so-get-the-frick-outta-my-face fans, you will find us, because we are...


Interesting timing by Kobe and the organization. By signing now, Kobe is making a statement...essentially telling the basketball world that LA is his home and the Lakers are HIS team. He's not hedging his bets and awaiting the outcome of this year's playoffs before making up his mind. Kobe is where he wants to be and he let everyone know.

Everyone includes his teammates on the bench, the Laker role players. The FO is letting them know exactly that the pecking order hasn't changed. The message is get on board or get kicked to the curb. I hope our guys respond with renewed focus and determination. Every great team needs its bench players to contribute to its success. The opportunity is awaiting the Farmars and Browns to be a part of something special once again. But, they've got to do their parts and accept their roles.


Great news, never doubted that Kobe will not resign w/the Lakers. So we're set for 5peat baby!!

Free Sasha! Free Sasha! He was playing somewhat decent the past few games he played after his injury. He was knocking his shots, playing smart pesky D, and he's doing whatever it takes to help the team. We need him to get back his shooting stroke, so PJ please stop this childish games and let the guy play. We need him to knock open shots come playoffs.

Farmar needs more minutes as well. To hone his skills, he can drive to the basket and actually make the layup. This also helps reduce Fisher's minutes and legs. Balance PJ balance! I believe in Farmar, lets give him a chance.

So let's get this W tonight shall we! Start off the weekend the right way.

Now that's what I'm talkin bout! Fill out the role players or make the ones we got wake up and I'm lookin forward to a 6-peat! Can I get a Hells Yeah!

2010-2014 NBA CHAMPS!!!!!

WOW! I like it, but I really was hoping KB would hold out and see if the Lakers would do a sign and trade for Wade or James or just a regular trade fro D. Williams or CP3. I am surprised he signed until that happened or perhaps they have committed to doing the prior as a carrot for him. I have been a Laker fan since I was real young (West and Wilt days) along with my NY Yankees (Mick and Yogi), hence D(erek)J(eter). I have NOT given up on this year, but we are really going to have to step it up or Kobe won't get his 2010 Ring. I thought he just might hold leverage to get that other shooter (PG). He either really believes in his mates or he got a whole lot of $$$$$$! Let's win 3 and then REST!

Well said bronxlakerfan, "let's kick some (j)azz tonight"

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

At least we got one good news about this Laker team - the signing of Kobe to a 3 year extension contract. Other than that there is nothing good about this team.

Guess I'll be one of the happy fans cheering for Kobe at Staples tonight. Now if they could just get off their malaise and massacre them jazz.

Great news indeed! I thought maybe Kobe would wait until Phil made his decision first. It's good to know Mamba is here to stay no matter if the Zen Master is departing. Kobe knows in his heart he wants to remain and retire as a Laker. He was never destined to go to another team. We fans have seen him grow up as a young 17 year old pup to a mature leader who commands the utmost respect among his peers. Laker fans can rejoice and know the good times will continue to roll....

This is the best thing that could've happened, especially after this disappointing roadie...great job Mitch and Dr.Buss!!!!!

Man I want to get a let's kick some (J)AZZ tonight bandwagon rollin but mamba seems to be MIA today


In the words of mamba24 : "OUT-FREAKING STANDING, SIR!!!!!"

Let's see if this can kick start our heart!


@ corner J

Just don't shoot the invisible swordsman!!!!

Only the LA Times would have beat writer Mike Bresnahan post his story on a blog other than this one that nobody reads and NOT HAVE THE STORY ANYWHERE ON ITS HOMEPAGE. NOWHERE!


Sign Pau to an extension - check.
Sign Kobe to an extension - check.
Bring LBJ to LA - coming this summer.

Great... Kobe's back on board for 3 more years, now setting our sights on a strong, sharp shooting point guard, that can run the team with precision, that's not intimidated , that can defend the pick and roll, stop guard penetration in the lane... Maybe Derron Williams or Chris Paul. C'mon Mitch what ever it takes in the offseason. P.S. also on my wish list a real back up power forward, and a bench... NO A REAL BENCH (a complete bench make over). I know Christmas is not till December, I'm just submitting my wish list early.

As it should be:
Kobe and Pau for the duration.

There's still enough on the table to stir up some drama. It is LA after all.

I'm glad we didn't have to go through a long drawn out waiting period like L.O.C.O .. That drove me nuts.



FRICKEN GOOD NEWSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Lecrab ain't coming.

I can't even imagine him wearing the Purple and Gold.(*puke*). It would look disgusting.

Let's go! Let's kick some (J)AZZ tonite!


I TOLD Y'ALL!!!!! Woo Hoo!

Posted by: Eric Wright | April 02, 2010 at 04:28 PM

Eric, what are you talking about? You were the one that kept saying Kobe was gonna walk this summer.

2010-2014 NBA CHAMPS!!!!



Ok (take a depth breath....)...
Do you guys think Mr Buss promissed Kobe a REAL PG? Maybe, and just maybe, I'm wondering what kind of talk did they have...

BUSS - Kobe, I'll give you max. salary for you to stay.
KOBE - Jerry, I want rings more than I want money...
BUSS - Ok, so what if I bring your friend Wade to LA LA Land?
KOBE - DWade? Ok, I'll stay and we'll get another ring next year to tie the Celts in 17, sounds good.
BUSS - Deal.


The Greatest Player besides Magic Johnson to ever touch a basketball! Sorry Mike, I know you have 6 rings but Kobe is clearly the better talent! Glad to see Mitch finally earn those paychecks. Now if we could find a coach that actually coaches.................


No...I don't want LeBron here, really. I know he's a great player, but he's not a Laker, will never be. If we get another great player, like Wade, Byllups (I hate him, but he fits really good in the Lakers), Durant, etc., to play with Kobe/Pau, LeBron will never get a ring, coz all the rings will be here, in LA LA LAND!!!!!!

We don't actually need him. Great player tho...

Who was the last VERY GOOD player to stay on the same team for life, from the 90's and up?




Now I have point to make with my kid.

Thanks Kobe, thank you very much, you won't regret...




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