NBA TV deal further fuels Kobe Bryant's disdain of sacrificing money


Kobe Bryant was not willing to budge on his salary when it came time to negotiate what would likely be his final deal. In the end, Bryant was awarded a

two-year, $48.5 million contract. 

At the time, there was debate about whether Bryant placed the Lakers in a tough spot because his deal, which is the richest in the NBA, would take up a large chunk of the salary cap. Bryant made sure everyone realized that was not his problem to deal with, it was for the Lakers front office to figure out. 

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Bryant’s opinion has not changed, and he acknowledged as much with news of the NBA’s new TV deal, which is worth $24 billion over nine years and kicks in during the summer of 2016-17 and lasts until 2024-2025.