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Lakers' extension of Kobe Bryant's contract really hurts now
Lakers' extension of Kobe Bryant's contract really hurts now

The earthquake rocked the Lakers on the morning of Nov. 25, 2013, their economic future rattled by a $48.5-million contract extension given to an aging and injured player who neither required it nor demanded it. Now, seven months later, comes the tsunami. The Lakers’ noble attempt at resurrection through the pursuit of two of the greatest free agents ever will probably be washed away by the effects of a contract that grows more destructive by the day. The NBA headlines are filled these days with speculation about LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, but the Lakers’ bottom line is all about Kobe Bryant. In a career-ending twist as ugly as a torn Achilles’ tendon, Bryant...

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