Kobe Bryant may ultimately be a Los
Angeles Laker for life and retire as the organization’s franchise player after
signing a huge deal recently.
Bryant inked a three-year contract extension
reportedly worth nearly $90 million. Last year’s regular season MVP sounds
thrilled at the prospect of remaining in L.A.
“It’s very rare to have a player
his entire career in one city. I’m very excited about it,” Bryant said. “I
didn’t weigh anything. I knew I was going to be here.”
Bryant is the latest and most
important Laker to be under contract for next season. Bryant will partner once
again with Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest.
All are playing well together this
season as Los Angeles
have the top seed in the Western Conference going into the playoffs.
Bryant, a contender for the league
scoring title, is excelling under the tutelage of Phil Jackson. The Zen
Master’s continued involvement in coaching greatly impacted Kobe’s
decision to stay in L.A.
“It’s a big part of me as a player.
I enjoy playing for him. I made it very clear to him today that I would love to
see him be back. That’s all I’m going to say about that.”
With all of the scoring milestones
he has achieved by 31 there is increasingly little doubt that Bryant will be
the greatest Laker player of all time.
Bryant is humble in discussions
about his legacy saying he doesn’t see himself on the level of Kareem or Magic.
“To say that one Laker is the
greatest Laker of all-time is impossible because of all the greats that have
played here. The challenge that I have is making that discussion as interesting
as possible. Winning a couple more championships will certainly do that.
Hopefully we’ll get it done.”