For someone who hasn’t played a lick of basketball this season, Lakers’ Kobe Bryant is taking on all the critics who say that he is more concerned with how much money he’s going to make than taking the Lakers’ back to a championship.
Earlier this week, Bryant accepted a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension. During an interview with Yahoo! Sports, Bryant defends his decision for the extension and fires back at the NBA.
“Most of us have aspirations for being businessmen when our playing careers are over. But that starts now. You have to be able to wear both hats. You can’t sit up there and say, ‘Well, I’m going to take substantially less because there’s public pressure, because all of a sudden, if you don’t take less, you don’t give a crap about winning. That’s total bullshit,” Kobe told Adrian Wojnarowski.
“I’m very fortunate to be with an organization that understands how to take care of its players, and put a great team out on the floor. They’ve figured out how to do both.”
“Most players in this league don’t have that. They get stuck in a predicament – probably intentionally done by the teams – to force them to take less money. Meanwhile, the value of the organization goes through the roof off the backs of their quote, unquote selfless players.”
“It’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.”
He must have felt as though he didn’t say during the interview, because Bryant took to Twitter later that same evening.
While Bryant still believes that he has some gas left in his tank, he must remember that he is 35. Kobe let the critics say what they want, you need to focus on getting back on the court and doing what the owners pay you to do.
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