Lakers News: Jeanie Buss Says Kobe Bryant Will Get ‘Farewell Tour’ Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="170"] Kobe Bryant was only able to play in six games this season before the Los Angeles Lakers officially announced he wouldn't return for [new_royalslider id="170"] Kobe Bryant was only able to play in six games this season before the Los Angeles Lakers officially announced he wouldn't return for Rating: 0
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Lakers News: Jeanie Buss Says Kobe Bryant Will Get ‘Farewell Tour’

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Kobe Bryant was only able to play in six games this season before the Los Angeles Lakers officially announced he wouldn’t return for any of the 18 games remaining on their schedule at the time of the news.

However, prior to stepping foot on the court during the 2013-2014 season, Bryant and the Lakers agreed to terms on a two-year, $48.5 million contract that likely will result in the 18-year veteran finishing his NBA career having only suited up for the Lakers.

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While Bryant has yet to announce whether or not he would retire when his latest contract expires, Jeanie Buss touched on the intentions for Bryant’s last season, whenever that may be, during an interview with Bill Macdonald on Time Warner Cable’s SportsNet.

According to ESPN LA’s Dave McMenamin, Buss was emotional when recounting the franchise’s failure to honor Magic Johnson, which she said won’t be the case with Bryant:

Though their on-court demeanor may be different, the parallels between Bryant and Johnson are present. Each has only played for the Lakers, won five championships and endeared themselves to Los Angeles and Lakers fans throughout the world. The admiration and respect between Bryant and Johnson is prevalent with Johnson going so far as to call Bryant the greatest player to wear a Lakers uniform.

Bryant sits near or at the top of several franchise records and has been fixated on winning an elusive sixth championship ring. The five-time champion recently directed poignant remarks towards the front office, which Buss attributed to his competitive nature.

The relationship between Bryant and the Lakers has had its many peaks and some valleys. With two-more years together nearly guaranteed, they’ll need each other to bring another NBA title back to Los Angeles.
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  • afs

    Can’t think of a more well deserved person to have a farewell tour. From now on, it’s going to be so rare for a player to play on a single organization for his whole career. Not to mention he’s won 5 championships.

  • Daryl Peek

    I recall arguing this with a certain someone about the farewell tour for Kobe a few days ago. LOL

    • Zimmeredge

      was it me? we talked about it few days ago.

      • Daryl Peek

        I believe it was man.

        • Zimmeredge

          oh btw Daryl. what do you think about the stretch provision the of could use on nash?

          • Daryl Peek

            I know everyone wants Nash gone like yesterday but stretching him would be a bad move. Why keep 3 mil of dead money on the books for another two seasons after 14-15 when you can be done with him after that year? Who knows, he may even play decent b-ball as a reserve next season and become a valuable trade chip as again teams will be looking for expiring contracts like his at the trade deadline. a team would trade for Nash and buy him out like the Lakers would have done with Oakfor or how Philly did with Marshall.

          • Zimmeredge

            Nash said in grantlant he might retire eventually if his contract is stretched.

          • Daryl Peek

            Even more reason not to stretch him and still be paying dead money going forward.

  • lakers4life

    as kobe bryant retires andrew wiggins arrives to carry the legacy..watch out! the next kobe is andrew Wiggins you read it first!!

    • Zimmeredge

      guess what??? Andrew Wiggins will become… Andrew Wiggins!!! nobody will ever be like mike, like hakeem, like kobe or like lebron. although i have to agree qwith the first sentence of your statment he will most certainly carry the legacy in creating his own dynasty.

    • Eric Gonzalez

      Say what man????? That is so disrespectful to say to Kobe. Look at all the miles Kobe has ran on that court. At this moment, we, the Laker Nation should just sit back and soak in all we can soak in. Kobe is Kobe.

      • Porkbevr

        Kobe is beef eaten mostly in Japan.

    • jeremy

      I’m not buying the hype plus if he not a PG or a big man we don’t need him. Bazemore and young can man sf. Lakers biggest needs are PG and big man. Ill take need over hype

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I remember the Kareem farewell tour this should be great.Kobe deserves it.Classy!

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Good article.Thank you Buss family.Very classy move.Go Lakers!

  • Eddie Lazaro

    Kobe deserved everything he’s getting from the Lakers, the money for 2 years extension, to the farewell parade tour, to a statue at Staples Center with what he has brought to the franchise.

  • Badeng

    Kobe is such a class act. So many haters call him a ball-hog and such, but fail to see the greatness that he has shown in his game. I really admire Jordan and what he has accomplished, too but a little disappointed with his baseball stint and playing for the Wizards later in his career. It slightly dulled his already shinning star. I don’t think Kobe will take the same route. He seems more content with what he has done so far—except for that elusive 6th ring, which incidentally would tie him with Jordan’s rings.

  • Sublogic

    Jim Buss and Dantoni need a farewell tour.

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