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Kobe out 6 weeks with knee, is this the end of "Great" Kobe?

Posted by shawn cassidy on December 20, 2013 at 2:10 AM

Kobe's willpower brought him back to the court this month and even brought back flashes of greatness. But it wasn't enough to keep him from getting injured again, and provides no guarantee that it won't happen another time to the 35 year old. The Lakers took a big risk giving Bryant a $48.5 million extension this past fall, and with Kobe's tires falling off, what if the Kobe that we know is done being a top 5, or top 10 player in the NBA. The Lakers decided to show loyalty with Kobe, but has that act of goodwill hurt the franchise in the near future, or in the long run?


Kobe Bryant is expected to miss six weeks with a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, the Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday.

Bryant suffered the injury Tuesday night during the visiting Lakers' 96-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. The Lakers said Thursday that an MRI showed the fracture.

"All I can do is do the work. And do everything I can to be back at the highest level," Bryant told ESPN

I think the media believes the Lakers will find a way to win more championships.The media in the past has dreamed up a trio of James, Melo, and Kobe. They assume the Lakers will rise up. I'll tell you this, as long as the Lakers are without Durant, James, or if their not built like the Pacers or Spurs. The Lakers won't be able to snap their fingers for this issue to go away.

The Lakers have a chance to bring in a big free agent next summer, but their hopes for Paul George died once he signed his extension with the Pacers. So that leaves the Lakers with Melo, or maybe Chris Bosh, and James or Wade. I just don't see James heading to the Lakers, and Wade either for that matter. I could see Bosh or Melo, but even if the Lakers bring Melo or Bosh.Is that enough.The other question if the do bring in a star is this. Who else do you have on this roster, and look at your head coach.

I think Kobe is breaking down, and I don't know if he'll ever return to his old ways, why should we exepct him to? He's 35 years old, your game only goes down from there. Kobe will still be a good player, and that's why the big money that's owed to Kobe doesn't make sense. It makes me question Kobe. Did he really care about winning a 6th ring, or is he that stubborn that he believes he can win alone?

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Reply Yenu
6:52 AM on December 20, 2013 
Great point, to back that, the $48.5 million number was a specific one. By the end of his last contract, Kobe will have tied KG as the NBAs highest salary earner with $328 million. The attempt to chase that number and fake like there was no negotiation process, was pathetic. I bet there wasn't a negotiation, because the lakers probably knew the salary marker was number one on his priority list. I'm a huge fan of Kobe's, but this last contract has debilitated the lakers chance of acquiring enough talent to actually compete. So, youre right, I do think he's stubborn and insane enough to think he can win by himself. Like KG in Minnesota, Kobe chose the big money and is going to have to stomach the losses, like KG too.
Reply NeCsFan
9:31 AM on December 20, 2013 
I'm not gonna hate on Kobe for getting his money. I think he probably realized that any legitimate chance he had at another ring died with the hire of Mike D'Antoni. Kobe is not a stupid man. Bringing Melo in would be an absolute joke! Melo has proven he's not a winner repeatedly. He'd rather play iso, NBA jam-ish ball than actually win anything tangible. I actually think the day that #24 hangs em up will be a really sad day for basketball. He - along with KG and Tim Duncan - is one of very few of the old guard of grind it out NBA basketball players left. Once those guys are gone and as long as the media keep trying to kill the "F anybody who ain't on my team" mentality that a few young players like a Rondo have, it's going to be all hugs and flopping. IDK about you guys, but I'd like to hold that off for as long as humanly possible. I also hate that the new CBA was built to make players look like selfish asshole's for wanting to take the big pay days. The amount of money that Kobe himself brings not only LA, but the entire NBA makes $48 million look like a joke! I'm certainly not going to begrudge the dude not taking a pay cut. When was the last time you turned down millions of dollars so that your boss who you're making billions can pay one of your coworkers? Just typing that sentence is laughable. I think Kobe knew what this was when Dr. Buss passed, and Jeannie didn't take over. And certainly no one genuinely wants to hear the man say "I've known another ring wasn't coming, so I got paid". Kobe did what makes him Kobe, and I'd rather see that than watch someone like Dwight Howard create a 3 ring circus for season upon season. At the end of the day it was a very Mamba thing to do, but facts all in place I don't think there's really a huge argument not to do it the way he did.
Reply rcraig617
4:09 PM on December 20, 2013 
To answer your last question kobe definetly thinks he can win a championship without having 2 or 3 superstars.