I wont lie, it set us back.
We were supposed to be Cap ready THIS year.
I think there's a possibility that deep down inside of Kobe, although a big part of him feels he damn well deserves all that he's getting from the deal, some small part of him at the least (though he would NEVER admit it) feels a little embarrassed or ashamed that not only seeing the dire situation with the team & roster around him & future going forward & lack of flexibility realistically, but also of course himself probably not having expected himself to have the injury be as tough as it has been on him and then compounded with the quick hitter after the six games when he was back.
Just too many negative things I feel around for him not to feel at least a bit awkward or slightly embarrassed about it, but again, like I said, of course he would never admit it and of course he would never feel enough to do something about it. At the end of the day, money speaks loudly and ain't no way he's gonna' do something amazing & selfless for the team and for the fans. Of course he doesn't have to anyway, but he never would regardless.