Lakers Extending Kobe's Contract
Even with an Achilles heal injury, the Los Angeles Lakers believe that Kobe Bryant will not only come back for this year, but even for a few more years after this. In fact, the Lakers believe in Kobe’s comeback so much, that they are going to extend his contract despite having no idea what he will look like after this injury.
Jim Buss recently said, “I want to put an end to any speculation that we would allow Kobe to become a free agent. That’s not going to happen. Kobe is a top priority for us. He’s a Laker legend and always will be. I don’t think we’re done winning championships with him yet. [Lakers general manager] Mitch Kupchak and [Bryant's agent] Rob Pelinka have been talking, but with him being hurt, it has slowed the process some. I don’t know when it’ll get done, but I have faith in Rob and Mitch to work things out.”
The Lakers have not always been the most loyal franchise because they have always believed that the franchise is more important than any player. But their commitment towards the most important Laker of all-time should be applauded. Unfortunately, virtually everyone with an Achilles injury never comes back quite the same player. For most players, this is a career ending injury. So, this time, the Lakers may actually be loyal to a fault. Either that, or Kobe Bryant really is Superman.