Now that everyone has calmed down on the heels of the $48.5 million extension the Lakers and Kobe Bryant agreed to, we can now listen to Kobe’s take.
He was in Washington, D.C. yesterday as the Lakers were set to take on the Wizards and addressed the swarm of media assembled to ask him questions about his contract and his pending return.
During his response to one question in particular, he gave an interesting (and very candid) response to why he feels the Lakers gave him so much money. At the 2:04 mark in the video below, Kobe said the following:
“The Lakers are a stand-up organization. They stepped up to the plate and took care of me. Some of it, obviously, was from work previously done and to value some of the things I’ve brought to the organization, and some of it is a leap of faith on what they expect me to do when I return.”
A leap of faith? Maybe it’s not intended to be taken as a “those suckers gave me too much money” type of response, but I can’t blame anyone for reading it that way.
Here’s an extended version of him addressing the media.