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Jurgen Klinsmann Uses Kobe Extension To Explain Cutting Landon Donovan

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UPDATE: For The Win reports that Jurgen Klinsmann apologized to Bryant, saying his quotes are being taken out of context and that he is a big Kobe Bryant fan:

I have to say that I think there are some people who tried to take quotes out of context, because I’m a big Kobe Bryant fan. It was said in the same way I have said always. It’s great what you achieved up until now but still you can always prove it today and tomorrow. There was absolutely nothing negative meant towards Kobe, who I admire a lot and who I’ve watched many times.

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When it was announced that the Los Angeles Lakers had extended Kobe Bryant for two years at nearly $25 million per year, many fans were torn about how to feel. Many were happy that Bryant would finish his career in Los Angeles, but the price tag is steep for someone of Bryant’s age.

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Most people subscribe to the rule of paying someone for what they are going to do rather than what they have done in the past. One person who agrees with that sentiment is US Men’s National Soccer Coach Jurgen Klinnsman, who used Bryant’s extension in explaining to Business Insider why he left Landon Donovan off the World Cup roster:

This always happens in America [...] Kobe Bryant, for example — why does he get a two-year contract extension for $50 million? Because of what he is going to do in the next two years for the Lakers? Of course not. Of course not. He gets it because of what he has done before. It makes no sense. Why do you pay for what has already happened?

Klinnsman came under fire for leaving Donovan, the most famous American soccer player of all-time, off the World Cup roster. This would likely have been Donovan’s final World Cup and most believe he deserved to at least be on the team.

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While Klinnsman makes a decent point about paying for what has already happened, using it in this context doesn’t make too much sense. The World Cup isn’t about money, it’s about national pride and being the best. If Donovan was the best, he should have been on the team.
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Corey is currently a full-time staff writer for Lakers Nation. He is a passionate follower of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Cowboys and can usually be seen arguing the merits of Kobe Bryant or cursing the decisions of Jerry Jones. He is also a former producer and associate producer for Sirius XM Sports Radio. Follow him on twitter @TheeCoreyH

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  • lakers72

    “he gets it because of what hes done before”… of course he gets the extension because of what he’s done before… who gives a contract that large to somebody who hasnt done sh*t…

    • LegendInMyMind

      I think he’s saying they gave a contract to someone who WON’T do shit…

  • vdogg

    yes, the deal was for what he has done before.. and what he will do in the next two years. this guy also fails to take into account that kobe has made the lakers an international money making juggernaut. the team has probably made hundreds of millions simply by having bryant as the face of the organization. bryant is one of the reasons that the lakers feel comfortable going over the cap when they have a title-contending team.

    • Joseph Apohen

      I totally agree and Klinsman as much as I like him is wrong for excluding the face of MLS.

  • TheTruthKills

    Kobe’s extension was a thank you from the team. Thanks for helping put 5 banners up, playing hurt, making us money, etc. We’re not going to win a lot of games over the next two years though. The team did right by Kobe, but at the expense of winning.

    • Jim213

      Disagree, this is why it’d be best to draft down (a little) to acquire one or two (buy another pick?) more draft picks helping salary cap as aside of that FA will determine the team’s fortunes for the next two years given they lack talent at the starting rotation and bench.

      • Tune

        We definitely don’t lack talent at the bench. We just lack youth in our starting lineup that are good enough to contend.

        • Jim213

          Implying more so depth at the bench but if some from the roster have issues playing defense when coming off the bench has some ISSUES.

  • Jar2

    He makes a damn good point. Why send over a check to my mechanic for work that he has already done and had been compensated handsomely for.

    • Jim213

      Prior services likely contributed to Kobe getting paid close to $50 mil but it’s mostly due to the expectations that FO has for Kobe as the face of the brand.

    • Tune

      That’s not what the analogy really is though. For your mechanic, you’d be paying the same price you’ve always paid him. Kobe is being paid less what he’s usually paid for. He was paid 30mil this season, he definitely is getting paid less. I think we should have tried for 18mil, but offered 20mil to be fair.

  • Joseph Apohen

    London has done it and probably would have done it again. We’ll never know now. What is an 18 yr old with not much experience going to do better than Donovan?

  • TrueLakersFan

    Kobe gets an extension, yet throws everyone under the bus. So much for being thankful to the organization that made you Kobe!

  • Joedey

    Klinsmann is the head coach and we should trust him to pick the team and if he doesnt want donovan in there he has the right to cut him… there is no he should or he shouldnt. but i believe lakers paid kobe that good not for what he has done or what he is going to do… it was good for business to show everyone else in the league that they take care of their players compare to boston who traded poor pierce at that age. its all about money and business… that’s it!

  • Paul Conrad

    As a life long Landon Donovan fan and a Galaxy season ticket holder I have to admit, he doesn’t have it like he used to. He’s not hungry like he used to be and it’s not a surprise that Klinsmann didn’t take him.

    As for the $50,000,000 Kobe extension, that’s not really working out too well for us either so far. Love Kobe, but shouldn’t have blown that much money!

  • http://thoughtsofamarketer.com/ Jorge Felix

    “The World Cup isn’t about money, it’s about national pride and being the best. If Donovan was the best, he should have been on the team.” <- Totally on point

    This whole Donovan situation is beyond football and there's things that the public doesn't know.

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