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Kobe Bryant defends his huge Lakers contract
Kobe Bryant defends his huge Lakers contract

It's been almost a year since Kobe Bryant signed a two-year, $48.5-million contract extension to stay with the Lakers. Debate hasn't entirely cooled on the heavily scrutinized deal. Some Lakers fans appreciated the loyalty the Buss family showed in making Bryant the highest-paid NBA player the next two years. Other fans, however, thought Bryant accepted too much for a player who turned 36 a few months ago. He will make $23.5 million this season and $25 million next season, eating up substantial cap space. On Friday, Bryant gave his most in-depth opinion on his contract. "Did I take a discount? Yeah. Did I take as big a discount as some fans would want me to?...

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