‘Kobe Bryant’ Will Have Limited Options If He Leaves Lakers, Say Executives
If Kobe Bryant fails to strike a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2016, he will only have very limited NBA options, according to the league insiders and executives. Bryant has already entered the final year of his contract.Advertisement
One executive feels that the New York Knicks could be interested in signing the 37-year-old star. While another pointed out that Los Angeles Clippers might run after the legendary star.
“The problem that Kobe has that’s different from anybody else is that he doesn’t really have any allies in the league,” an executive said. “He’s only known the Lakers, and he destroys everything in his path. I’m not naming names, but some of his former coaches are probably not going to speak fondly of him. [But] you really limit yourself of places that he could possibly go. I don’t know of anybody who in their right mind would say getting him in their organization would be a great idea.”
Mitch Kupchak, Lakers’ general manager said, Bryant is welcome if he wants to continue his career, but in that case his role and salary would both be curtailed to an extent.
Currently, Bryant is recovering from a shoulder surgery. He took part in the Lakers’ season opener against Utah Jazz, but featured only for 12 minutes. In the recent ESPN’s NBA rankings, Bryant has moved down to 93. Bryant is also not the most popular figures in the league, as he is considered a “selfish man” by some.