Are the Los Angeles Lakers Gambling with Kobe Bryant to Get to LeBron James?

March 22nd, 2010 by Nate Smith Leave a reply »
The greatest player of his era can opt out of his contract at the end of the 2009-10 NBA season.

The greatest player of the next era will be a free agent after this season.

No matter how much they get tired of hearing their names together, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James' fates will be intertwined. The two best players in the world fit together like cereal and milk. Unfortunately, the prospect of them living together like in their puppet world is a greater possibility than them playing together.

Given that backdrop, one has to wonder why Kobe Bryant hasn't signed a $91 million extension that is allegedly on the table for him.

Media personalities and journalists have been speculating that perhaps Kobe wants to ensure that Phil Jackson commits to a couple more seasons before he will sign another contract to be a Laker for life.

But in Kobe's push to get six rings and match Jordan, wouldn't it be a treat for Kobe to win one without Jackson? Wouldn't winning at least one ring without Jackson give Kobe some leverage in the Kobe-Jordan debate—doing something that his doppelganger did not do?

Kobe has to kno ...

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