You can certainly argue that Kobe has earned the money, leading the Lakers to five NBA titles in his tenure with the team. But what about the big picture, the future of the team?
"That may seem like a crazy question when talking about the greatest scorer in Lakers history and one of the greatest winners in NBA history, but a combination of age, Achilles and salary-cap issues make it legitimate."
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