Kobe Bryant is really rich. Still. Again. Credit: Reuters
Kobe Bryant has yet to play a minute in the NBA this season, but that hasn't stopped him from earning a big-time contract extension.
Bryant reupped with the Lakers Monday morning for two years and $48.5 million.
Wouldn't it maybe be prudent for Los Angeles to actually wait and see how the 35-year-old, coming off a ruptured Achilles tendon, plays in his 18th (!!) season in the league? I guess he's earned some cachet. Four titles will do that for you.
Bryant will be the highest paid player in the league the next two seasons — he already was and is taking a pay cut, in fact — outpacing Knicks forward/bench warmer Amar'e Stoudemire ($23 million in 2014-15) and Nets guard/chucker Joe Johnson ($24.8 million in 2015-16).
No, seriously, those are the second- and third-highest paid players in the NBA. Though, to be fair, when you subtract all the medical expenses from Stoudemire's salary he's basically living on day-old bagels and Ramen.
When you look at the contract extension that way, it's a wonder they didn't come to Bryant literally mid-surgery on his Achilles for a signature.
Anyway, Bryant's foray into social media has given us a nice look at what it's like to sign a professional NBA contract for a lot a lot of money.