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Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
Position: G
Born: 08/23/78
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $25,000,000
“They’re one big deal from being in good position again,” one executive said. “That’s what it takes. And that’s what they’ve been able to do in their history and I wouldn’t count them out from being able to pull it off again.” But many were just as quick to point out several much bigger issues limiting the organization from the fast turnaround it feels increasing internal and external pressure to pull off. Such problems include management, ownership and coaching, which are addressed in this story, as well as a lack of assets, a shift in the free-agency landscape and the presence of Bryant, all of which are addressed in the three other stories in this series.
Is this Bryant’s final season? Anonymous NBA assistant coach: “If he gets through the season healthy, it’s not his last year. Kobe will play for one more year. He won’t leave a team just to chase a ring. But I could see him going to New York because of his connections with Carmelo (Anthony), (Derek) Fisher and Phil (Jackson). That would be a fun experience for him and, obviously, New York and Madison Square Garden would go crazy over Kobe being there.”
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If Bryant decides to play another year, what is his market value? Anonymous NBA executive: “You’d have to find a unique situation where he would be willing to do a David West deal. I don’t mean money wise. He would have to be so willing to sublimate his game. He could only go someplace where he’s not the guy. But would the team have veterans he respects? Do they have a coach who can control him to a certain degree? Would he buy into his role? Otherwise, he’s just a guy who can help a team sell tickets. Kobe can still play, but what he can’t be is the guy that dominates every possession. I don’t know if he can do it. If he does, he has to be around people he respects.”
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