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#1 Majesty

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Posted July 17, 2013 - 01:08 PM

Are any of us REALLY surprised?   Lakers are going after BOTH and Kobe is willing to take a paycut to get one or both here.

 

Lakers eyeing Melo, LeBron

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Bryant will be the highest-paid player in the league next season with a $30.5 million salary. For the Lakers to maintain enough room to pursue two max-level free agents, he'd need to play for quite a bit less.

"As a businessman the goal is always to not take a pay cut," Bryant said. "But ..."

Bryant told ESPNLosAngeles.com's Dave McMenamin last week that he intends to be involved in the Lakers' recruiting efforts for 2014 and is looped into the team's decision-making.

"It's an open conversation, via text and also meeting in person and just picking up the phone and calling," Bryant said of his involvement. "They've kept me in the loop pretty well."

 

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It was pretty obvious what he told in that one interview was just him speaking from a businessman perspective how it'd be stupid to say he would take a paycut. 

But when talking about the prospect of taking a paycut if it meant getting LeBron and or Carmelo on the Lakers with Dave Mcten he went "Well as a businessman the goal is to not take a paycut.   buuuuut......." 

Yeah Kobe would.  He's not gonna choose an outlandish amount of more money over a championship.  

Especially if LeBron and Carmelo are on the table.   Kobe's not stupid.


Edited by Majesty, July 17, 2013 - 01:09 PM.

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Posted July 17, 2013 - 01:11 PM

This isnt legit



#3 Majesty

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Posted July 17, 2013 - 01:16 PM

This isnt legit



Yeah as we've learned from Chris Broussard, even if Kobe says it he's not the best source on things he himself will do...


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Posted July 17, 2013 - 01:36 PM

Watch the NBA press colusion charges on the lakers...
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#5 Majesty

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Posted July 17, 2013 - 01:39 PM

Watch the NBA press colusion charges on the lakers...
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lol I wouldn't be surprised.

But I think the Lakers can do a better job of keeping it under wraps better than a team like say the Clippers did.

I think that's another reason why Kobe isn't verbally committing.. to the media at least.


But that "Buuuuuut...." is very telling 

told us all we need to know ;)


But if he says that he intends on taking a massive paycut to get Carmelo and LeBron both here the league would try to find SOME loophole to prevent that from happening.


A team of Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James steamrolls the league with ease.

Stern would be so conflicted :laughing:    Cause it would be upping Kobe's ring count but ALSO LeBron's, he won't know what the heck to do! :laughing:


Edited by Majesty, July 17, 2013 - 01:40 PM.

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Posted July 17, 2013 - 01:47 PM

But I think the Lakers can do a better job of keeping it under wraps better than a team like say the Clippers did.

I think that's another reason why Kobe isn't verbally committing.. to the media at least.

Good point.

But that "Buuuuuut...." is very telling

Yeah, that is one big lovely but.


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Posted July 17, 2013 - 01:47 PM


"As a businessman the goal is always to not take a pay cut," Bryant said. "But ..."

Old news is old.

 

This is not related to recruiting Melo and/or Lebron. That particular news and the OP make it seem like it is.



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Posted July 17, 2013 - 01:49 PM

^ Click the link though. There's new perspective and commentary on it.


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Posted July 17, 2013 - 01:49 PM

Not happening neither would Kobe or I want it to happen! He wants to be the man on the team with people who accept what he wants to do. Keep Lebron and Melo where their at



#10 Majesty

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Posted July 17, 2013 - 01:50 PM

Not happening neither would Kobe or I want it to happen! He wants to be the man on the team with people who accept what he wants to do. Keep Lebron and Melo where their at



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Posted July 17, 2013 - 01:50 PM

Not happening neither would Kobe or I want it to happen!

Kobe doesn't wanna' win? You don't wanna' win? You don't want the Lakers to win?


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Posted July 17, 2013 - 02:00 PM

Kobe doesn't wanna' win? You don't wanna' win? You don't want the Lakers to win?

lol "fans" these days.


Edited by Ham, July 17, 2013 - 02:00 PM.

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Posted July 17, 2013 - 02:01 PM

Not happening neither would Kobe or I want it to happen! He wants to be the man on the team with people who accept what he wants to do. Keep Lebron and Melo where their at

Yea you don't know what you are talking about......so stop.



#14 Majesty

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Posted July 17, 2013 - 02:17 PM

That was the perfect microcosm of the way some fans do think though.

They feel because they feel a certain way and then vicariously make it the way their favorite player thinks.


The reality is Kobe would be willing to swallow pride and take a paycut if it meant winning a championship, the fan isn't.

But once those wins start rolling in they aren't gonna sit back and refuse to enjoy it.


As a trio of Carmelo, Kobe and LeBron are breaking the Bulls record and going undefeated in the playoffs do you think that Lakers fans are gonna sit back and go "I can't stand this cause its LeBron and Carmelo."


yeah so what?  If Kobe retires with 8 rings and LeBron retires with 4 or 5 so what?  

it would be possibly the greatest trio in the HISTORY of basketball and it would be on the LAKERS which is the team you root for.


If Michael Jordan had come to the Lakers out of college like he wanted to and teamed up with Magic would you sit and say "Man I wish he went to some other team and was our rival instead."

No.. you wouldn't.

If you don't want Carmelo, Kobe and LeBron in your starting lineup together as a Lakers fan then you need to swallow your pride and let go of your hate.

I swallowed my pride when Karl Malone became a Laker because regardless of how much I hated the things he said about Magic leading to his second retirement, I rooted for him that year because he was a Laker.

And you know what? I honestly got to notice and respect and appreciate things about his game that I had blinded myself to when he was on a rival team and I couldn't stand him.    It's worth it when you win.   

If Kobe, LeBron and Carmelo are hoisting trophies in the next 3 peat I'm not gonna complain that I wish Kobe had done it all by himself.   It doesn't ruin his legacy at all.  If he retires with 8 does it ruin his legacy?  No.    Even if you're more a Kobe fan than a Laker fan you should rejoice at the chance for him to retire with 8 rings.   

I don't know why anyone that's a Lakers fan OR a Kobe fan more so would be against that.


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Posted July 17, 2013 - 03:43 PM

If you seriously want lebron on the lakers 

you must be mad thirsty 

 

so you basically want lebron on the lakers to form a ''super team'' just like Miami did 

hypocrisy much 



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Posted July 17, 2013 - 03:48 PM

hypocrisy much 

Stop. You're a hypocrite too (no offense). We all are. Don't play that game.


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Posted July 17, 2013 - 03:56 PM

Ultimately it's about winning rings. The lakers need to have premier talent. I dislike lebron as much as the next guy but if he's available you try and get him

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Posted July 17, 2013 - 04:15 PM

I believe the collective bargaining agreement prohibits a player from taking a pay cut.  He can, at the conclusion of a contract, take less of course, but we are stuck tiwh Kobe's salary until next summer. 



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Posted July 17, 2013 - 04:25 PM

I believe the collective bargaining agreement prohibits a player from taking a pay cut.  He can, at the conclusion of a contract, take less of course, but we are stuck tiwh Kobe's salary until next summer. 

That's the point he takes a paycut for next summer...


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Posted July 17, 2013 - 04:31 PM

If they can land Melo and WIGGINS, I'd allow it...






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