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Jeanie Buss wants Kobe Bryant to be Laker for life

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10:51 AM ET 08.11 | Los Angeles Lakers executive Jeanie Buss wants Kobe Bryant to know one thing: He should be a Laker for life. "I want Kobe to take the time that he needs to get healthy," Buss said Thursday in a radio interview with ESPNLA 710. "I don't want to see him come back any sooner than when he's ready, and I know he'll know when that is. There's no reason for him to do anything that compromises his health." Later, when asked by ESPNLosAngeles.com to expand on that comment, Buss said, "Kobe is part of the Laker family and he always will be. There's not many players who play 18-19 years with the same franchise, and it's important to us that he has a chance to play his entire career with the Lakers."

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August 11, 2013  10:55 AM ET

He will retire after next season when he sees he isn't the same player.

August 11, 2013  10:59 AM ET

That's why he'll have a 2-3 year extension and squeeze the Lakers as much as he can before he retires. They owe him!

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August 11, 2013  11:40 AM ET

His playing days are numbered, he doesn't know any other clubs either. No choice but to be a Laker for life.

August 11, 2013  12:59 PM ET
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That's why he'll have a 2-3 year extension and squeeze the Lakers as much as he can before he retires. They owe him!

Highest paid NBA players in NBA history:

Kobe Bryant @ $249,284,257

Now let's compare and see if he's earned his pay plus more if that's what the Lakers agree to do:

Dirk Nowitzki @ $181,342,604 and Tim Duncan @ $214,347,709 for a total of $395,690,313. Both players combined, contributed to five total titles (for two teams). Same as Kobe for the Lakers!

Shaquille O'Neal @ $292,198,327 and Kevin Garnett @ $302,928,663 for a total of $595,126,190. Both players combined, contributed to five total titles (for three teams). Same as Kobe for the Lakers!

Stephon Marbury @ $151,115,945, Allen Iverson @ $154,494,445, Vince Carter @ $158,483,315, Jermaine O'Neal @ $166,794,021 and Chris Webber @ $178,230,697 for a combined $809,118,423. All five players combined contributed: ZERO titles. Five less than Kobe, period!

If he gets another contract, he's more than made it worth the Lakers investment and we the fans will wait on him and enjoy the five (Kobe era) banners that hang in Staples Center. And that, is something no can take away from us.

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August 11, 2013  02:00 PM ET
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Highest paid NBA players in NBA history

Nice work Eli!

August 11, 2013  02:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He will retire after next season when he sees he isn't the same player.

damn you are a positive beacon when comes to Kobe rehabilitation process. Come on DJ, have some faith.
It must be reverse psychology on your end. lol

August 11, 2013  02:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Highest paid NBA players in NBA history: Kobe Bryant @ $249,284,257 Now let's compare and see if he's earned his pay plus more if that's what the Lakers agree to do: Dirk Nowitzki @ $181,342,604 and Tim Duncan @ $214,347,709 for a total of $395,690,313. Both players combined, contributed to five total titles (for two teams). Same as Kobe for the Lakers!Shaquille O'Neal @ $292,198,327 and Kevin Garnett @ $302,928,663 for a total of $595,126,190. Both players combined, contributed to five total titles (for three teams). Same as Kobe for the Lakers! Stephon Marbury @ $151,115,945, Allen Iverson @ $154,494,445, Vince Carter @ $158,483,315, Jermaine O'Neal @ $166,794,021 and Chris Webber @ $178,230,697 for a combined $809,118,423. All five players combined contributed: ZERO titles. Five less than Kobe, period!If he gets another contract, he's more than made it worth the Lakers investment and we the fans will wait on him and enjoy the five (Kobe era) banners that hang in Staples Center. And that, is something no can take away from us.

You nailed it again Eli!

August 11, 2013  02:17 PM ET

Gotta love Jeanie Buss. She's hot, intelligent, accomplished, rich and mature. Phil is a damn luck ****. lol

August 11, 2013  02:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Highest paid NBA players in NBA history: Kobe Bryant @ $249,284,257 Now let's compare and see if he's earned his pay plus more if that's what the Lakers agree to do: Dirk Nowitzki @ $181,342,604 and Tim Duncan @ $214,347,709 for a total of $395,690,313. Both players combined, contributed to five total titles (for two teams). Same as Kobe for the Lakers!Shaquille O'Neal @ $292,198,327 and Kevin Garnett @ $302,928,663 for a total of $595,126,190. Both players combined, contributed to five total titles (for three teams). Same as Kobe for the Lakers! Stephon Marbury @ $151,115,945, Allen Iverson @ $154,494,445, Vince Carter @ $158,483,315, Jermaine O'Neal @ $166,794,021 and Chris Webber @ $178,230,697 for a combined $809,118,423. All five players combined contributed: ZERO titles. Five less than Kobe, period!If he gets another contract, he's more than made it worth the Lakers investment and we the fans will wait on him and enjoy the five (Kobe era) banners that hang in Staples Center. And that, is something no can take away from us.

By that math, the rockets, spurs and lakers owe Robert Horry around 400-500 million. Something tells me the checks are not in the mail.

August 11, 2013  02:28 PM ET
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HMMMM.. wonder if he's hitting that on the side

Damn friggin remark!!!! Go hide your head somewhere where the sun don't shine!!!!

August 11, 2013  02:29 PM ET

Kobe has been great for the Lakers for a long time. He has been paid well but he has also produced a lot for the organization. Kobe in another uniform would be great marketing for that other team but wreck havoc on the Lakers
The new regime is not steady enough to handle Kobe leaving.

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August 11, 2013  02:38 PM ET
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Sure, Kobe will be Jeannie's boy... but only for 30 + million per season which doesn't leave much $$ to build a competitive team around him.. So as long as Kobe stays in LA... Lakers aint winning squat with one player making 2/3 of the team's total salary towards the cap...

I think he will resign for something in the ballpark of $12 to $15m. That's pretty fair for what he does to the Lakers.

August 11, 2013  02:41 PM ET
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I think he will resign for something in the ballpark of $12 to $15m. That's pretty [b]fair[/b] for what he does to the Lakers.

Yeah. Two words we never see in the same sentence: Kobe & fair. LOL

August 11, 2013  02:43 PM ET
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Yeah. Two words we never see in the same sentence: Kobe & fair. LOL

He makes a boatload of cash to the Lakers organization plus contribute to 5 rings. Just read Eli's post above. smh

 
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