Weezy wrote:Well that's exactly what I'm saying real, what the heck is the direction of this team? Why did the FO give Kobe all that money if they aren't going to try to compete in these 2 seasons? Why did Kobe take all that money before seeing what direction the team was going in? Why not wait til the summer to use being a free agent as leverage?
None of it makes sense to me, Kobe doesn't seem that dumb. He acted like he knew the FO had a plan, now these comments are saying they have different plans, that he's not going to play with a bad team for another season and screw the patience thing. Well, actually Kobe, you signed the contract, so you're gonna play with whatever they put on the court. I enjoyed Kobe's comments for their honesty, but I don't see them having any impact on the FO, so I don't really get the point in the grand scheme.
Oh and I don't care much about Phil, like i said in my first post, this was aside from the Phil comments. I don't believe that losing Phil kills our franchise even if he possibly could have helped us. I could have been good, and it also could have been a disaster, causing Mitch to walk or something, we just don't know.
By the time Kobe signed his extension , Lakers FO was still selling the Lebron and Melo pipe ... management realized/admitted later that Lebron wasn't going to happen and they (rightfully) wanted no part of Melo ... I think our FO is now aware it will take time to be a contender again because our team is no man's land right now due to the current lack of assets/young talents .
Kobe isn't dumb, but I really think you are overestimating his understanding of the cap and the building of a contender ... I'm not going to talk deeply about his extension amount again ... so I'll take another example ... Kobe wants us to be a contender and in the meantime he wants Pau to stay ...
Lakers management extented Kobe to keep selling tickets
Kobe signed because you take an offer like this and he wasn't going to leave .... plus it was the perfect time for him , BEFORE coming back from a terrible injury ..