Azndude2190 wrote:As much as I love the tremendous improved play of Farmar, Young, and Xavier; they're still not worth saving up cap space via asking Kobe to take less money. If anything, the Nash contract is what probably could have made the difference.
I completely and respectfully disagree. They are totally worth it. As has been discussed at nausea, we overpaid Kobe by at least ten million. No one was paying Kobe more than 14-15 million, and he may never get back on the court in a positive fashion for all we know. I mean, I'm all for loyalty, but Kobe is barely worth 14 million (from a basketball standpoint...I'd argue he's worth closer to 10-12 at this point). Instead of having players like Farmar or Young or X Man coming off the bench to support Kobe and whatever other player we end up with, we are going to sling fecal matter onto the court. We got extremely lucky this offseason with our band of merry minimums (or unlucky if we wanted a better draft pick.
. ) I just don't understand the logic of crushing our ability to rebuild for another two seasons. Heck, I would have us rather resigned Kobe for 33 million and then 14 in year two. At least we wouldn't miss out on the chance at a top 5 player who WANTS to be a Laker (Love).
I like Kobe, but I love the Lakers. This deal makes me resent Kobe a great deal, not because I don't think he's earned this money, but because we are done until at least 2016. We need a miracle...like scoring Parker, Wiggins or Smart in the draft.