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Did Kobe just end 'Melo's LA story?

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07:23 AM ET 11.26 | Considering their relationship, there's a good chance Carmelo Anthony has already congratulated friend Kobe Bryant on the latter's two-year contract extension with the Lakers. Kobe's new contract, though, will also have implications on Anthony's future. And those implications may bode well for the Knicks. Bryant, according to ESPN.com, signed a two-year $48 million extension. That contract eats up valuable cap space for the Lakers. And it may make Los Angeles a less appealing destination for Anthony this summer. Why? Los Angeles simply won't have a lot of money to build a championship-caliber roster around Byrant and Anthony in light of Kobe's deal. ... These are things Anthony will have to think about when he ponders his next move this summer. But there's no question that Kobe's extension changes the landscape in Los Angeles for the Knicks' star.

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November 26, 2013  08:01 AM ET

are you sure it's good news for the Knicks?

November 26, 2013  08:07 AM ET

Are you sure it's good news for the Knicks?

November 26, 2013  08:09 AM ET
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are you sure it's good news for the Knicks?

Not sure but I do know that the Kobe deal is good for everyone...



But the Lakers! I just don't get it...

November 26, 2013  08:10 AM ET
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Are you sure it's good news for the Knicks?

Not sure but I do know that the Kobe deal is good for everyone...



But the Lakers! I just don't get it...

November 26, 2013  08:29 AM ET

It's double day!

November 26, 2013  08:35 AM ET

Kobe is all about ego. He would rather have less chance for help than make the team better leaving more on the table. I think he feels that makes him better. Leaving more money on the table would be a sign of weakness to him.

November 26, 2013  08:40 AM ET
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Kobe is all about ego. He would rather have less chance for help than make the team better leaving more on the table. I think he feels that makes him better. Leaving more money on the table would be a sign of weakness to him.

Would you turn down a bonus? He took what they gave him. The real tragedy here is Jim Buss is in charge. SMH...

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November 26, 2013  08:44 AM ET
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are you sure it's good news for the Knicks?

Guess not. Melo is stuck in NY. Kobe just told him to stay there. He said he doesn't need any help. Man, the guy easily makes millions from marketing and endorsements. Why don't you try and help the Lakers instead? smh

November 26, 2013  08:46 AM ET
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You got it eliSomeone offers you all that $ ? You take it.And HOPE management has a plan to fill out the roster, that is their job after all

What if that wasn't offered but negotiated by Kobe's agent? He gave them the ultimatum.

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November 26, 2013  08:50 AM ET
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You got it eliSomeone offers you all that $ ? You take it.And HOPE management has a plan to fill out the roster, that is their job after all

I agree. But did Kobe step back for a second and think "If I take this money, then there is a very good chance that I never win another title". If he's putting his trust in Mitch to find enough mid-level guys to complement him, then I guess Mitch has earned that trust with Kobe. But as an example, Tim Duncan took much less then his market value to stay a Spur and to allow the Spurs to remain title competitive. And it worked. I would never fault a guy for trying to maximize his earnings but I also don't want to hear a peep out of Kobe for the next two years about his supporting cast (or lack of one).

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November 26, 2013  08:55 AM ET
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I agree. But did Kobe step back for a second and think "If I take this money, then there is a very good chance that I never win another title". If he's putting his trust in Mitch to find enough mid-level guys to complement him, then I guess Mitch has earned that trust with Kobe. But as an example, Tim Duncan took much less then his market value to stay a Spur and to allow the Spurs to remain title competitive. And it worked. I would never fault a guy for trying to maximize his earnings but I also don't want to hear a peep out of Kobe for the next two years about his supporting cast (or lack of one).

Great point but one thing you forgot to add is that Kobe makes a lot of money outside the Lakers. His endorsements and marketing is 3-4 times more then the contract he just signed. Duncan is truly unselfish because he doesn't make that much money outside the Spurs...

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November 26, 2013  08:59 AM ET

This will hurt the Lakers for the next 3 to 5 years.

 
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