The Los Angeles Lakers have announced that Kobe Bryant will not play for the rest of the season. The 35-year-old played only six games during the 2013-14 season (Kobe’s 18th season) as he enters into two-year, $48.5 million contract extension.
The contract will take Kobe through the 2015-16 season, which will be his 20th, and last, season; if he makes it that far. The contract was constructed on Nov. 25, before Bryant’s latest injury on Dec. 17 of this season.
Obviously the Lakers would not have signed Bryant to such a deal had they known he would soon go down again, but it does not explain why the Lakers would sign a recently injured veteran to a huge contract to cap an ending to a career.
The contract guarantees Kobe will remain a Laker for life, which is an outstanding accomplishment for a professional athlete today. That guarantee alone may be worth the price for the Lakers, but it could hurt them in the long-term if Bryant’s injuries continue to plague him.
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