The Los Angeles Lakers know that winning basketball games is much easier to do when you have Kobe Bryant on your team. And apparently, they are open to the idea of winning more basketball games. How do we know this? Because the Lakeshow just signed Kobe to a three-year extension to keep him in L.A. through the 2013/2014 season.
Kobe is 31-years old, but hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. He missed a wee bit of time this year after he got a little dinged, but it was certainly nothing to worry about. He has everything he wants in L.A. and L.A. has everything they want in him minus a rape accusation here or there.
“We are extremely pleased that we were able to reach an agreement and come to terms on the extension at this time,” said Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak. “Kobe has been a cornerstone of the Lakers for well over a decade, helping to lead us to four NBA Championships and in the process developing into one of the greatest players in basketball history.”
With Kobe and Pau Gasol signed for three more years, their window of greatness is wide open.
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“Two of our main goals heading into this season were to sign Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol to contract extensions,” continued Kupchak. “With the signing of Pau earlier this season and the signing of Kobe today, we were able to accomplish those goals, helping to keep the core of this team intact for the foreseeable future and in turn help to ensure the franchise’s continued success over the years to come.”
And in case you had to ask, yes the extension will be a max contract. He’ll probably make $90 million over those three years. If he saves it and invests it wisely, he may not have to work again after basketball.