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Re: Kobe Discussion: #keepthepeace (678)

Postby JSM on Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:01 pm

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Biggest press conference tomorrow will be in Santa Barbara. Kobe speaks for the first time since Dwight left.
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Re: Kobe Discussion: #keepthepeace (678)

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:30 pm

Kobe will not slam Dwight but will tell the fans that this season is not going to be a throw away season and the team will contend. Thats what I expect from Kobe.
For what it's worth, the Lakers also clinched the Pacific Division, an achievement Bryant dismissed by saying "We don't hang divisions." No, only the big NBA championship banners are considered wall-worthy for the Lakers.
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Re: Kobe Discussion: #keepthepeace (678)

Postby therealdeal on Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:43 pm

puffyusaf#2 wrote:Kobe will not slam Dwight but will tell the fans that this season is not going to be a throw away season and the team will contend. Thats what I expect from Kobe.

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Re: Kobe Discussion: #keepthepeace (678)

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:08 pm

:man10:
For what it's worth, the Lakers also clinched the Pacific Division, an achievement Bryant dismissed by saying "We don't hang divisions." No, only the big NBA championship banners are considered wall-worthy for the Lakers.
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Postby Battle Tested20 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:34 am

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Re: Kobe Discussion: #keepthepeace (678)

Postby Finwë on Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:04 am

:man10: :man10:
"The first time I ever saw my uniform hanging in the locker I put it on right away, and it just felt like I was putting on golden armour. From that day forward, I just called it 'the golden armour', it just felt like there was something mystical and magical about it" - Kobe Bryant.
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Re: Kobe Discussion: #keepthepeace (678)

Postby MadMax on Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:24 am

:man10: :man10: :man10:

I agree 100% with Puff, and great response, Real.
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Re: Kobe Discussion: #keepthepeace (678)

Postby Doc Brown on Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:32 am

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Could Kobe Bryant take a minimum contract in 2014 to help Lakers?

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LeBron James joining Kobe Bryant as a Laker? It could happen, if Bryant is willing to take a major pay cut. (Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images / February 10, 2013)
By Eric Pincus
July 10, 2013, 8:00 a.m.
Kobe Bryant has long maintained that winning a title is his only goal for each and every season. The All-Star guard has talked about playing at least three more years, to pad his "ring count."

Would he be willing to take a pay cut, like Tim Duncan did for the San Antonio Spurs or Kevin Garnett for the Boston Celtics -- both taking less than half of their maximum salaries?

How far would Bryant go?

Would he make the most dramatic financial sacrifice conceivable in 2014, taking a one-year minimum salary of $1.45 million to give the Lakers their absolute best chance to rebuild quickly in the wake of Dwight Howard's departure?

If Bryant is willing to make a sizable leap of faith, the Lakers might have the tools they need to manipulate the salary cap -- within the rules -- to an extreme advantage.

After a year with Bryant at the minimum, the Lakers would still have his "Bird rights," enabling the team to pay Bryant a maximum salary of $19.5 million for the 2015-16 season.

Averaged over two years, Bryant's sacrifice would be $10.5 million a season.

The catch for Bryant is that the Lakers won't be able to promise him that second year at the maximum. A pre-arranged deal would be illegal under the rules.

But if Bryant were to put his trust in the organization that traded for him in 1996, he could dramatically alter his chances at another title.

With just Steve Nash on the books for 2014-15, Bryant's maximum salary of $32 million would leave the Lakers with about $15.3 million in cap space (if they renounced the rights to Pau Gasol and the rest of the team's upcoming free agents). That's just not enough to rebuild the team properly.

At the minimum, Bryant would take up just $915,243 of the team's cap space, opening up $46.4 million in space with Bryant and Nash.

The Times has already broached two possible targets in LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. James may be a long shot but Marc Berman of the New York Post writes that the Lakers could be a real option for Anthony. Both All-Star forwards would need to opt out of their contracts to become free agents.

The odds of even one coming to L.A. may be long, but the Lakers would have the space to take on both in 2014 if Bryant was signed at the minimum.

Paying James and Anthony around $20 million each in their first year could enable the Lakers to have up to $16.5 million in cap space in 2015, opening the door to players like Kevin Love, Marc Gasol, Rajon Rondo or LaMarcus Aldridge.

Because Bryant's "cap hold" in 2015 would be a meager $947,000, the Lakers could theoretically add two stars in 2014, one in 2015 -- and then re-sign Bryant for his $19.5 million.

A roster with James, Anthony, Love and Bryant would be nearly impossible to assemble, but it's mathematically possible by Bryant taking a minimum contract for 2014, a max deal in 2015 and accepting a $10.5 million average over the two seasons.

Duncan and Garnett both made big sacrifices to help keep their teams competitive. In Duncan's case, he finished the year just seconds away from his fifth championship.

If Bryant takes the same notion to the extreme, he has the power to set some serious possibilities in motion for the Lakers -- short-term sacrifice for another chance at an NBA title.

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Somebody please show this to Kobe. It has an extremely poor chance of happening, but if it did. It would be the biggest middle finger to Stern, D12, Comic Sans and whoever else took joy in watching the Lakers crumble.
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Re: Kobe Discussion: #keepthepeace (678)

Postby ladam24 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:44 am

LeBron. Do not want.
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Re: Kobe Discussion: #keepthepeace (678)

Postby therealdeal on Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:21 am

Doc Brown wrote:
Lakers Now
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Could Kobe Bryant take a minimum contract in 2014 to help Lakers?

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LeBron James joining Kobe Bryant as a Laker? It could happen, if Bryant is willing to take a major pay cut. (Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images / February 10, 2013)
By Eric Pincus
July 10, 2013, 8:00 a.m.
Kobe Bryant has long maintained that winning a title is his only goal for each and every season. The All-Star guard has talked about playing at least three more years, to pad his "ring count."

Would he be willing to take a pay cut, like Tim Duncan did for the San Antonio Spurs or Kevin Garnett for the Boston Celtics -- both taking less than half of their maximum salaries?

How far would Bryant go?

Would he make the most dramatic financial sacrifice conceivable in 2014, taking a one-year minimum salary of $1.45 million to give the Lakers their absolute best chance to rebuild quickly in the wake of Dwight Howard's departure?

If Bryant is willing to make a sizable leap of faith, the Lakers might have the tools they need to manipulate the salary cap -- within the rules -- to an extreme advantage.

After a year with Bryant at the minimum, the Lakers would still have his "Bird rights," enabling the team to pay Bryant a maximum salary of $19.5 million for the 2015-16 season.

Averaged over two years, Bryant's sacrifice would be $10.5 million a season.

The catch for Bryant is that the Lakers won't be able to promise him that second year at the maximum. A pre-arranged deal would be illegal under the rules.

But if Bryant were to put his trust in the organization that traded for him in 1996, he could dramatically alter his chances at another title.

With just Steve Nash on the books for 2014-15, Bryant's maximum salary of $32 million would leave the Lakers with about $15.3 million in cap space (if they renounced the rights to Pau Gasol and the rest of the team's upcoming free agents). That's just not enough to rebuild the team properly.

At the minimum, Bryant would take up just $915,243 of the team's cap space, opening up $46.4 million in space with Bryant and Nash.

The Times has already broached two possible targets in LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. James may be a long shot but Marc Berman of the New York Post writes that the Lakers could be a real option for Anthony. Both All-Star forwards would need to opt out of their contracts to become free agents.

The odds of even one coming to L.A. may be long, but the Lakers would have the space to take on both in 2014 if Bryant was signed at the minimum.

Paying James and Anthony around $20 million each in their first year could enable the Lakers to have up to $16.5 million in cap space in 2015, opening the door to players like Kevin Love, Marc Gasol, Rajon Rondo or LaMarcus Aldridge.

Because Bryant's "cap hold" in 2015 would be a meager $947,000, the Lakers could theoretically add two stars in 2014, one in 2015 -- and then re-sign Bryant for his $19.5 million.

A roster with James, Anthony, Love and Bryant would be nearly impossible to assemble, but it's mathematically possible by Bryant taking a minimum contract for 2014, a max deal in 2015 and accepting a $10.5 million average over the two seasons.

Duncan and Garnett both made big sacrifices to help keep their teams competitive. In Duncan's case, he finished the year just seconds away from his fifth championship.

If Bryant takes the same notion to the extreme, he has the power to set some serious possibilities in motion for the Lakers -- short-term sacrifice for another chance at an NBA title.

ALSO:


Somebody please show this to Kobe. It has an extremely poor chance of happening, but if it did. It would be the biggest middle finger to Stern, D12, Comic Sans and whoever else took joy in watching the Lakers crumble.


Geebus. No way this happens... But DAMN. :man10:

Pincus planting seeds. I've always said that the way for a player at the height of their game to make a real statement about winning would be to sign for the minimum.

Could you imagine Kobe going into next summer saying immediately "I'm signing for the minimum. Come play with me if you want to win" ?
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Re: Kobe Discussion: #keepthepeace (678)

Postby wcsoldier81 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:28 am

Here we go for 12 months of pipe dreams , enjoy the ride... and Kobe could take the minimum both years , who cares about the 10 M average ... another pipe dream
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Postby Ariza3 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:34 am

“@kobebryant: Familiar faces Familiar places? Chemistry is always the most important thing on any team in any sport or business #lakerpuzzle”
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Re: Kobe Discussion: #keepthepeace (678)

Postby Doc Brown on Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:20 pm

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Kobe on his rehab: "I'm progressing faster than everybody expected so I'm very happy with it." He is targeting mid August for full activity
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Re: Kobe Discussion: #keepthepeace (678)

Postby Doc Brown on Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:24 pm

Dr. Robert Klapper ‏@DrRobertKlapper 41s
KOBE to be at full activity in 4 weeks. That means no restrictions but later stages of tendon recovery still remain. Will see him at Game 1.
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Postby CaCHooKa Man on Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:25 pm

hes playing opening night
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Postby DanielBeltz24 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:27 pm

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Kobe on Dwight: "Im going to dunk on his sorry [Swearing is not permitted at Clublakers. You must edit this post prior to submitting.] again.

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Re: Kobe Discussion: faster rehab progress than expected! (679)

Postby LOSLAKERS on Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:31 pm

kobe is a beast, not surprised
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Re: Kobe Discussion: #keepthepeace (678)

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:31 pm

Kobe and the Machine need to be reunited.
For what it's worth, the Lakers also clinched the Pacific Division, an achievement Bryant dismissed by saying "We don't hang divisions." No, only the big NBA championship banners are considered wall-worthy for the Lakers.
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Re: Kobe Discussion: faster rehab progress than expected! (679)

Postby CarolinaLakerFan on Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:35 pm

:jam2: :bow: :kobe1: :kobe1:
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Re: Kobe Discussion: faster rehab progress than expected! (679)

Postby Sirron on Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:38 pm

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Re: Kobe Discussion: faster rehab progress than expected! (679)

Postby kenzo on Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:43 pm

Lol, Bulls fans must be pissed :man9:
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Re: Kobe Discussion: faster rehab progress than expected! (679)

Postby denimPortugal on Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:48 pm

This guy...is not human!!! :man10:

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Re: Kobe Discussion: faster rehab progress than expected! (679)

Postby lakersyunowin on Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:51 pm

as if we expected anything else
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Re: Kobe Discussion: faster rehab progress than expected! (679)

Postby CaCHooKa Man on Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:52 pm

i think dwight leaving and his friends coming back are making his body heal faster
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Re: Kobe Discussion: faster rehab progress than expected! (679)

Postby 100%effort on Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:55 pm

I'm not surprised. Kobe being Kobe.
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