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Michael Jordan Weighs In On Kobe Bryant’s Huge Contract Extension


Bryant talks with Jordan

Michael Jordan was recently asked what he thought about the huge contract extension Kobe received from the Lakers which will pay him $23 and $25 million this and next season. Jordan’s answer after the jump

Via Lakersnation:

Back in November of 2013, the Los Angeles Lakers made a bold move by signing Kobe Bryant to a lucrative contract extension before he returned from an Achilles injury that threatened to end his career.

The extension was highly criticized due to the amount owed to the superstar shooting guard. Kobe will earn $23.5 million this season and $25 million in the next. The veteran will be 37-years-old in the final year of his new deal.

Many have blamed the lucrative extension for the Lakers recent struggles to bring in top tier talent in free agency. The Lakers brass went after Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James this past summer, but were unable to lure either player to Los Angeles.

Michael Jordan recently sat down with Ken Berger of CBS Sports and was asked about Kobe’s extension. Jordan was asked whether it was fair to criticize Kobe for the taking max money in the twilight of his career:

“I can’t speak in terms how Kobe feels about the scenario. Can I criticize him for maximizing his opportunity from a financial standpoint? No. Does his decision affect how the team structures certain things? Maybe. But that’s something the team didn’t have to give him. They could’ve easily said no. They could’ve given a different scenario with Kobe and he can make a choice from that standpoint. It’s easy to criticize from where we sit, and you don’t know all the dynamics and why and what the opportunities were for him. I’m not going to criticize him for taking advantage of the opportunity presented to him from a financial standpoint.”

 

Mediaoutrage– Kobe deserves it. Yes, he’s at the tail-end of his stellar career but when you think about all he’s done for the Lakers organization to fill seats, sell jerseys, and keep the brand in tip top condition, he deserves every penny.