84 Million Reasons To Be Happy in LA
So the Los Angeles Lakers jsut signed Kobe Bryant to a 3- year extension for $84 million. BIG time money for a BIG time player. I don’t have a problem with the Lakers paying this much money for him but one has to wonder how many more miles are left on Kobe? He’s been in the league for 14 years. He’s been to the playoffs at least 8 times. Add in playing for the Olympics and you’ll probably get the oldest legs in the league. The good news is that the Lakers have their core tied up for the next couple of years, including Gasol, Artest, Odom and Bynum. This means one of two things for the Lakers: (1) dynasty time or (2) waste of money time. I think if the Lakers should be able to put together at least one more championship in LA in either of the next two seasons. Their toughest challenge will be this year’s Cleveland team. Who knows where Lebron will be next year? If someone can knock the King out of the playoffs this year like Orlando or maybe even Boston, then the Lakers will have a clear path to the promised land (assuming they handle the Nuggets). All I need the Lakers to do in the off-season is to fix that nasty bench of theirs’. Don’t sign Farmar to an extension, he’s garbage. Don’t resign Vujacic after next year. Extending his contract was a big mistake in the first place. Drop Adam Morrison. He’s just not NBA material. Find a serviceable point guard. Someone, anyone that is young and can run the offense. I mean look at Ty Lawson, Darren Collision. Sure they were first round picks but not lottery. Maybe pick up a free agent like Raymond Felton, Acie Law, J.J. Barea? How about Steve Blake? These guys are all gonna be single at the end of the season. While everyone is focusing on Wade, Lebron and Bosh, the Lakers might be able to swoop in and steal one of these guys. They lock up a young point guard that can play defense, hit the 3, and drive ‘n dish and we might be looking at a 3-peat. CAN YOU DIG IT!!!
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