Found October 30, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
Kobe Bryant has only ever been a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, and that's all he ever wants to be. Speaking on TWC SportsNet's Connected With..., the Black Mamba indicated that he was "born a Laker" and has every intention of "dying one" too, per Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding. Eloquently put, but not at all surprising. Almost two decades of Kobe's life has been spent representing the Purple and Gold. At 35 and still rehabbing a ruptured Achilles, his ties to and appreciation of the Lakers organization have never seemed stronger. Luckily for Kobe, the Lakers continue to heart him back. General manager Mitch Kupchak made it clear in September that the Mamba wanted to be a Laker for life, and made it equally known that the team was dedicated to making that happen.

Lakers News: Kobe Bryant thinks he might be able to come back better than ever, but has no idea when

There are many people out there who doubt whether Kobe Bryant will ever be able to come back from this Achilles injury and play at the same level that he used to. However, as usual, Bryant is paying no attention to the doubters. The Black Mamba told Marc J. Spears from Yahoo! Sports that he thinks he can come back from this injury and be just as good as before – if not better:...

Kobe could lose $13 million of huge salary payment to taxes

As stipulated in his contract, Kobe Bryant, who has yet to play this season and may be some time away from doing so, is scheduled to receive a $24.3 million advance on his salary on Friday from the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe is set to make $30.5 million this season, so that amount accounts for […]The post Kobe Bryant to receive $24M in salary Friday, but could pay over $13M in taxes...

Kobe Bryant still a few weeks away from returning

Ever since he tore his Achilles’ tendon, speculation has run rampant regarding when Kobe Bryant would return to the NBA. Now we have a clearer picture as to when he’ll finally be back on the court. On Tuesday, Bryant confirmed that he was still two to three weeks of practice away from returning to action. He has no timetable to return to practice, but after he does he’ll need...

Kobe to get 24,363,044 from Lakers on Friday

Most players in the NBA receive their salary throughout the year -- but then Kobe Bryant is not a typical NBA player. Negotiated as part of his specific contract, Bryant receives a balloon payment on Nov. 1. On Friday, the All-Star guard will receive 24,363,044 from the Lakers. Bryant's salary for the entire season is 30,453,805 -- the remaining 6.1 million will be paid out...

Kobe Bryant to get $24,363,044 from Lakers on Friday

Most players in the NBA receive their salary throughout the year -- but then Kobe Bryant is not a typical NBA player. Negotiated as part of his specific contract, Bryant receives a balloon payment on Nov. 1. On Friday, the All-Star guard will receive $24,363,044 from the Lakers. Bryant's salary for the entire season is $30,453,805 -- the remaining $6.1 million will be paid...

Lakers Set to Pay Kobe Bryant $24 Million Lump Sum on Friday

It pays to have someone around to negotiate a quality contract for you. Tomorrow people all over america will be receiving there weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly paycheck.   There won’t be to many checks cut larger than the direct deposit Kobe Bryant is set to get from the Lakers Friday morning. The LA Times’ Eric Pincus reports the Lakers are set to pay Bryant a balloon payment...

Kobe Bryant dressed like Zorro for Halloween

For those of you wondering what Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant decided to wear for Halloween, this is the That NBA Lottery Pick post for you. Check out Kobe as the legendary hero, “Zorro” along with his wife, Vanessa who dressed up like Elena: *** Kobe Bryant image courtesy of Getty Images

Kobe Bryant Set to Have a Huge Payday

We all know that Kobe Bryant is not they typical NBA player. Not typical with his level of play, or the way he is paid. Negotiated as part of his contract, Bryant receives a balloon payment November 1st. On Friday, the All-Star guard will receive $24,363,044 from the Lakers. Bryant will make 30,453,805 — the […]

Kobe Bryant Just Received $24 Million From The Lakers Today, No Big Deal

If the NBA Playoffs started today, fans would probably feel incredibly ripped off because they were screwed out of 80 games, but the Los Angeles Lakers would also miss the playoffs. At 1-1, the Lakers aren’t expected to be much better than a sub-.500 team with their star player, Kobe Bryant, still recovering from the Achilles tear that he suffered back in April. But if you’re...

PHOTOS: Bryant, Farmar, Johnson, Sacre, Kelly and Young take part in Halloween festivities

After the second night of a back-to-back yesterday in Golden State, the Lakers were given the day off today. Luckily for them, today is Halloween. A few members of the purple and gold got involved in some Halloween festivities and gave us a glimpse of their night via Instagram. Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vannesa, went for a “Zorro” look this evening: .embed-container {position...

Bryant Has 'No Idea' Of Anthony's Free Agency Plans

Kobe Bryant was asked on Tuesday whether he has spoken to Carmelo Anthony about the New York Knicks star's upcoming free agency next offseason. "He's in New York. I'm in L.A.," Bryant said. "I have no idea what he is going to do or what he is thinking about." Bryant and Anthony are good friends. Anthony has jokingly talked about the Los Angeles Lakers...

Lakers surprise everyone but themselves

LOS ANGELES -- If Opening Night was indicative of the rest of the season, a Los Angeles team will be representing the West in the NBA Finals. It just won't be the Clippers. Despite Kobe Bryant starting the regular season in street clothes as he continues to recover from Achilles tendon surgery, the Lakers overcame numerous deficits and in the fourth quarter, they finally blew...

Kobe Bryant: ‘Motivating to hear people doubt me’

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is out to prove his critics wrong this season. In a Q&A with Yahoo! Sports, Bryant said he’s motivated to return to top form and talks about his return to the court. Q: Your naysayers don’t expect you to come back the same because of your Achilles injury. What should we expect when you return? Bryant: ”Personally? I’m going to be...

Opening Night Odds: Lakers 59/1 to win 2014 NBA championship, according to bookies

If you’re a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and you’re partial to a little NBA betting, you may be interested to hear that the bookies have the Lakers at 59/1 odds of winning the 2014 NBA championship. This places them behind the likes of the Memphis Grizzlies (24/1), New York Knicks (24/1) and Houston Rockets (14/1). The Miami Heat are the favorites to once again hoist the Larry...

Carefree Play, Underdog Role Suits These Lakers Well

Going into last night’s season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Lakers were 4-0 in season openers where Kobe Bryant had not played. They extended that mark to five with a shocking 116-103 win. Just don’t tell them it was shocking. The Lakers were in no way, shape or form supposed to beat the Clippers last night, and certainly not by double digits. But...
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