Kobe Laughs Off Team USA Coach’s Comments About His Contract


Kobe Bryant Laughs Off His ESPN Rank.

Kobe is down in Brazil taking in all things World Cup, but took time to sit down for an interview with ESPN, one of the main things he was asked about were some jabs about his contract from Team USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

When news broke weeks prior of Landon Donovan not making the World Cup team, Klinsmann got rather defensive and used Kobe as a metaphor:

“This always happens in America. Kobe Bryant, for example — why does he get a two-year contract extension for $50 million? Because of what he is going to do in the next two years for the Lakers? Of course not. Of course not. He gets it because of what he has done before. It makes no sense. Why do you pay for what has already happened?”

Kobe was all laughs though, while in town to root on the Klinsmann coached team, he stated:

“I thought it was pretty funny. I thought it was pretty comical actually. I see his perspective. But the one perspective that he’s missing from an ownership point of view is that you want to be part of an ownership group that is rewarding its players for what they’ve done while balancing the team going forward. If you’re another player in the future and you’re looking at the Lakers organization, you want to be a part of an organization that takes care of its players while at the same time planning for the future. Jurgen is a coach, a manager. He’s not a GM or owner of the franchise. When you look at it from that perspective, it changes a little bit. But you probably could have used another player as an example.”


One would have to agree Klinsmann wasn’t at all wrong in his analysis, it is Klinsmann’s job to make sure his best players of NOW are on the team. Emotions in sports are a dangerous combo, but if anything Klinsmann simply shouldn’t worry about how much Kobe makes, comes off a little Petty Crocker-ish.

Surely though, it’s not the first time someone’s called Kobe overpaid. He’ll just laugh to the bank.



  1. Kobe is way off base here, Klinsmann hit the nail on the head. It’s foolish to pay a declining star superstar money. And that is why the Lakers are in such bad shape. Kobe’s contract is the giant elephant in the room.

    • JayJayJo, you’re the one who is way off base. The Lakers are in bad shape because of Kobe’s contract? Kobe’s contract wasn’t the reason they stunk last year. How about the fact that KOBE WAS INJURED THE ENTIRE YEAR. Or the fact that Nash, one of the all time greatest point guards in NBA history, another top three player on the team was hurt all year. Or that D’Antoni will only run the one single offense Gasol isn’t a fit for? So two of your top three players are hurt for the year, both of which are among the all-time greats at their positions, and your third is not allowed to play his game because of the most stubborn, overrated coach in NBA history and you want to blame Kobe’s contract? That’s asinine. If Kobe was making three dollars for the season, that team still stinks this past year. Who was gonna’ be their big in-season free agent pickup to save the team but couldn’t afford because of Kobe’s contract? I’m eager to find out who this mystery player is.

  2. Kobe makes a solid point. Superstars won’t come to your team if you act like a penny pincher.

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