Kobe on ESPN radio: "I think I have 3, maybe 4 years left. As long as I keep wanting to play"
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:36 am    Post subject: Kobe on ESPN radio: "I think I have 3, maybe 4 years left. As long as I keep wanting to play"

A thread unrelated to Dwight, crazy right?

Says he has 3 or 4 years left, depending on how long he wants to play. Mentions he's spent half his life in the NBA, not sure if he would want to play past 4 more years

4 years to break Kareem's record

EDIT: Sorry mods, saw the thread with the Kobe-Cowherd down the page. Merge or delete if necessary
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:38 am    Post subject:

Link please.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:39 am    Post subject:

Now this makes the Nash move even feel sweeter. I am so happy to know in his last few years he's got a backcourt teammate finally who is capable to do the playmaking and carry the load for him.

He really needed that to have a chance to get back to winning rings.

Hope the last 3-4 years are fruitful for Kobe.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:41 am    Post subject:

Lakers First wrote:
Link please.


http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?s=la

Move it to like 7:47:00
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:49 am    Post subject:

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Lakers First wrote:
Link please.


http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?s=la

Move it to like 7:47:00


Thanks bro.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:01 am    Post subject:

I wonder how much Kobe will be willing to resign for after his current deal is done. Hopefully he can help free up some money to get more pieces when that happens.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:06 am    Post subject:

LandsbergerRules wrote:
I wonder how much Kobe will be willing to resign for after his current deal is done. Hopefully he can help free up some money to get more pieces when that happens.


Man, imagine Kobe re-signs for $1. That would be awesome.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:23 am    Post subject:

Always said it, Kobe wants Kareems record. That's something NO OTHER player can attain. Sure Durant or LBJ can target it BUT will they play long enough to do it?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:28 am    Post subject:

hazemix wrote:
LandsbergerRules wrote:
I wonder how much Kobe will be willing to resign for after his current deal is done. Hopefully he can help free up some money to get more pieces when that happens.


Man, imagine Kobe re-signs for $1. That would be awesome.



Or even plays for free. That would be so cool.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:41 am    Post subject:

oldandpurpleandgold wrote:
hazemix wrote:
LandsbergerRules wrote:
I wonder how much Kobe will be willing to resign for after his current deal is done. Hopefully he can help free up some money to get more pieces when that happens.


Man, imagine Kobe re-signs for $1. That would be awesome.



Or even plays for free. That would be so cool.


Or pay the Lakers money to let him play.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:44 am    Post subject:

SweetP wrote:
oldandpurpleandgold wrote:
hazemix wrote:
LandsbergerRules wrote:
I wonder how much Kobe will be willing to resign for after his current deal is done. Hopefully he can help free up some money to get more pieces when that happens.


Man, imagine Kobe re-signs for $1. That would be awesome.



Or even plays for free. That would be so cool.


Or pay the Lakers money to let him play.


Kobe could be the first OWNER/PLAYER in the NBA.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:05 am    Post subject:

Tick wrote:
SweetP wrote:
oldandpurpleandgold wrote:
hazemix wrote:
LandsbergerRules wrote:
I wonder how much Kobe will be willing to resign for after his current deal is done. Hopefully he can help free up some money to get more pieces when that happens.


Man, imagine Kobe re-signs for $1. That would be awesome.



Or even plays for free. That would be so cool.


Or pay the Lakers money to let him play.


Kobe could be the first OWNER/PLAYER in the NBA.


I thought Jordan is?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:10 am    Post subject:

Lakers First wrote:
Tick wrote:
SweetP wrote:
oldandpurpleandgold wrote:
hazemix wrote:
LandsbergerRules wrote:
I wonder how much Kobe will be willing to resign for after his current deal is done. Hopefully he can help free up some money to get more pieces when that happens.


Man, imagine Kobe re-signs for $1. That would be awesome.



Or even plays for free. That would be so cool.


Or pay the Lakers money to let him play.


Kobe could be the first OWNER/PLAYER in the NBA.


I thought Jordan is?


I think he meant simultaneously
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:28 am    Post subject:

Is he allowed to structure his new deal with league minimum in the first year, then real money after that just to get one year with low team payroll and avoid the "repeater" tax?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:05 am    Post subject:

It's against CBA rules to be both an owner and player at the same time.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:07 am    Post subject:

ShadyG wrote:
Is he allowed to structure his new deal with league minimum in the first year, then real money after that just to get one year with low team payroll and avoid the "repeater" tax?


Or he could just take 7 mil-9 mil/yr or sign to a vet min the 1st season and re-sign for a big one for the next two?

There's no point structuring that kind of a contract.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:21 am    Post subject:

I think this is the first time Kobe's ever put a set amount of time left in his career. Breaks my heart a little bit.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:26 am    Post subject:

hazemix wrote:
LandsbergerRules wrote:
I wonder how much Kobe will be willing to resign for after his current deal is done. Hopefully he can help free up some money to get more pieces when that happens.


Man, imagine Kobe re-signs for $1. That would be awesome.


Cool story bro!

If I were Kobe I would hold out for 50 million!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:31 am    Post subject:

ShadyG wrote:
Is he allowed to structure his new deal with league minimum in the first year, then real money after that just to get one year with low team payroll and avoid the "repeater" tax?


No. And it wouldn't work anyway, since the repeater tax is for teams who have gone over the tax 3 of the previous 5 years.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:19 pm    Post subject:

It's pretty crazy to think that Kobe has 3 or 4 years left in his career.

It feels like ages ago that he was the 23 year old stud just getting into his own, the 02-03 season, when he averaged 30/6/6 with a hobbled Shaq, absolutely no bench and the weakest starting lineup of our first 3-peat.

Back then my friends and I were thinking, whoa, Kobe's only 23, he's got another 10+ years to win more titles, and here we are, 10 years later, and he's near the twilight of his career.

He's so good, that he can still play at a high level at 33, 34 years old. Who else in his class can say the same? Besides Nash, maybe, and I mean maybe, Ray Allen, but at a Kobe-level? At his "advanced" age, he's still better then most of the young athletic "green" players.

He still wants to win more then anyone else, and he's won so much throughout his illustrious career, that it's only fitting that he retires a champion. I don't care what the media stuffs in anyone's mind with force fed propaganda, nobody works harder then Kobe Bryant. He's not the most athletic guy, not the most gifted physique, has smaller hands then the normal 6'6 shooting guard, yet he's risen above expectations beyond what anyone could have imagined and has 5 titles to show for it.

Kobe knows in his heart that he wants number 6. He wants it for many reasons, and the main one being getting one more then Magic and tied with MJ. I know a lot of people might say it may not matter to him, but I think it does. And to add to his legacy, 7 NBA Finals, 5 titles is a surefire top 5 Hall of Fame career. But 8 NBA Finals, 6 Championships sounds so much better, although it won't define his career, he's already done that years ago.

Ultimately, he's played more games in the past 12 years then any other player in the world. From deep playoffs year after year, finals, Olympics, he has barely taken time off, and he doesn't want to. That's not his motive, he just wants to win at any cost. We will truly miss Kobe and his presence when he decides to hang them up, and I believe every Laker fan, whether they love him or cringe, will feel the sting when it's all over, believe you me.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:27 pm    Post subject:

24 wrote:
Lakers First wrote:
Tick wrote:
SweetP wrote:
oldandpurpleandgold wrote:
hazemix wrote:
LandsbergerRules wrote:
I wonder how much Kobe will be willing to resign for after his current deal is done. Hopefully he can help free up some money to get more pieces when that happens.


Man, imagine Kobe re-signs for $1. That would be awesome.



Or even plays for free. That would be so cool.


Or pay the Lakers money to let him play.


Kobe could be the first OWNER/PLAYER in the NBA.


I thought Jordan is?


I think he meant simultaneously


Thanks 24. After re-reading, I wasn't very clear.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:30 pm    Post subject:

24KaratGold wrote:
I think this is the first time Kobe's ever put a set amount of time left in his career. Breaks my heart a little bit.


I thought he's play out his contract and that's it. I figured the only way he comes back after his contract is if the Lakers have a team that can legitimately contend for the title. With Nash having a 3 year contract, I think Kobe will at least play as long as Nash is here.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:32 pm    Post subject: Kobe "27.2"

That is what Kobe will need to average each season 27.2 pts per game for the next 4 years (assuming he is healthy to play all 82 games) to eclipse Kareem's record of most point - 38,387 career pts.

Can Steve Nash make this a reality?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:34 pm    Post subject:

I don't think he'll need 4 years to do it. Not if we can make deep playoff runs.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:34 pm    Post subject:

Kobe could do it. I don't see why not.... the way his game has evolved he could play a few more seasons at that level.
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