LeBron James in 2014, Kobe Says It’s Not That Big Of A Stretch Reviewed by Momizat on . Kobe Bryant told Lakers Nation on Wednesday that he's not interested in taking a huge pay cut for the 2014-2015 season of rebuilding. As a matter of fact, after Kobe Bryant told Lakers Nation on Wednesday that he's not interested in taking a huge pay cut for the 2014-2015 season of rebuilding. As a matter of fact, after Rating:
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LeBron James in 2014, Kobe Says It’s Not That Big Of A Stretch

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Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant told Lakers Nation on Wednesday that he’s not interested in taking a huge pay cut for the 2014-2015 season of rebuilding. As a matter of fact, after putting on his business cap, Kobe said he plans on getting paid “as much as [he] possibly can.” So what does this mean for the Lakers landing a huge free agent in 2014? It has already been reported that the Lakers are, at the very least, targeting free agents like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in 2014.

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Does Kobe actually think there’s a possibility LeBron could find his way into a purple and gold jersey in 2014? In an exclusive interview on Wednesday at Kobe’s Basketball Academy in Santa Barbara, Lakers Nation asked Kobe what incentive LeBron would have in helping Kobe win another ring? Once Kobe retires, James will inevitably be chasing the Black Mamba ring count, so what would entice him to increase Kobe’s? Bryant didn’t seem to think LeBron to the Lakers was that big of a stretch.

“It’s that argument that goes on forever,” Kobe told Lakers Nation at his basketball camp at UC Santa Barbara. “You don’t want to help someone else kind of increase their ring count, but he’s already increased Dwyane’s, so I don’t think it’s that big of a stretch.”

Kobe, of course, said he couldn’t speculate on what LeBron would do in 2014, but it sounds like the rumors that Los Angeles is a serious potential landing spot for LeBron, aren’t all that far off. The Lakers, though, would need to leave plenty of cap space for that to happen, and Kobe at least for now, isn’t prepared to take any dramatic pay cuts. And, LeBron hasn’t given any inclination that he’s even thought about being a free agent in the summer of 2014.

For now, the Lakers will continue on their path of building a competitive 2013-2014 roster, without hindering the exciting possibilities of 2014.


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  • Jim213

    Reporters should ask Kobe some serious questions like whether he’s persuaded management to attain team depth to increase the likelihood of reaching the playoffs and attracting another future star. It’s Lebrons team in Miami, he doesn’t need to help no one else to win rings. Everyone took a back seek to him this year as Lebron’s the only one who truly earned his pay this year out of the big three.

    If Lebron decides to leave Miami it’ll be for his own legacy but if its just for the rings then he’ll likely stay in Miami. Lebron doesn’t need to help no one given that he’s proven his leadership. The Cavs have a better shot of acquiring Lebron though acquiring Andrew Bynum won’t put them at the top of the list. I’m not saying that it’s not possible… the odds don’t look good given the lack of team depth and management inefficiencies.

    I’ll take Lebron over Melo anytime of the day… The second coming of Magic come one… it’s about the effort that a player puts to win… which given this past Finals LJ definitely rose to the occasion.

  • Jay Brodes

    lets be realistic..can we get gay here now! we get our small forward if we get rudy he kinda fits with this current team. is young. fits with kobe and we have some length at the 3!

    • jwickabdurrahim

      Not gonna lie bro, until I read the second sentence on your comment I totally read your comment wrong.

  • lebronusuck!

    fuck lebron james!

  • swastika

    so many great players in lakers histoy…. lebron will chase his 7 rings in miami and he wants to be remembered as the greatest miami heat player in franchise history…..he’s all alone there.

  • SaSto

    The only thing I don’t want is LBJ fans to become Lakers fans

    • Jay R Dampal

      Oh never

  • Lakeshow

    Even if LeBron does not decide to leave Miami, who wouldn’t want the best player in the world to be on their team. I will take Lebron over Melo any day. That hating on lebron mess is getting pretty old. But of course if both Melo and Lebron join the Lakers, the more the merrier. :-)

    • Frank Lyons

      I don’t want him on the Lakers.

  • richard

    There is no comparison right now. LBJ is clearly the better player and winner. But as far as 2014 need is concerned, Melo is more probable than snagging Lebron to don purple and gold. I’d be a happy fan if FO can sign Melo next year to anchor the team along with Kobe and Pau signed to lesser contracts.

  • lakers#1

    I’d go after Kawhi Leonard in 2014. From Riverside and went to SD state. homecoming for him! No LBJ!

    • Frank Lyons

      Agree. He would be good in LA and not James.

    • WhiteMamba426

      Leonard is a restricted FA and the spurs will surely match anything the makers will be willing to pay him

  • Super Girl

    I Luv Kobe but he better help the team financially to be able to get those 2 rings he desperately wants!!! Come on Mamba you’re smarter than that!!! I want the Lakers to win again so we need help from other great players too!!!

  • Rafa

    Paul George!

  • Mamba

    idk if anyone noticed it…that reporter would totally likes to get tap by the mamba. you can telll she likes it.

  • TheMonitor

    When was the last time anyone walked up to their boss and demanded a pay cut?

  • Jim213

    Serena good reporting… not hating… you report what’s being said.

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