Why Kobe Bryant’s parents don’t want their son to be an NBA player
As we’ve noted before, Kobe Bryant is an unlikely NBA player, at least in terms of his NBA career.
The 30-year-old, who averaged 16.9 points, 3.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 steals in his first two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, is in the final year of his rookie contract and will be a free agent in 2020.
But his parents have a very different view of their son, and they’ve refused to sign the terms of a contract that would have put him in a Lakers uniform.
Kobe Bryant and his parents are not NBA players, according to a report published by the Los Angeles Times.
Kobe’s parents, who have yet to publicly reveal their opinion on the matter, were reportedly unhappy with the terms and conditions of his current deal and reportedly expressed frustration over the fact that his father did not play in the NBA as a player.
The report, however, was not made public, and the family’s publicist told the LA Times that the family was “unaware of the report and was unaware of any discussions” that were taking place with Kobe’s representatives.
According to the LATimes, the Bryant family was reportedly told that Kobe would be allowed to join the Lakers’ training camp in February 2019, but that they were not told that the Lakers would not sign him to a contract after that.
The report also noted that Kobe’s agent, Michael Hill, told the Times that his client would be able to join up with the Lakers in March 2020, but it is unclear if he would join them on that date.
The Lakers were reportedly considering bringing Kobe back to Los Angeles after the 2019-20 season to play for the franchise, but this report does not provide any indication that the team has reconsidered their plans.
While the Lakers are unlikely to bring back Kobe in 2020, it does not appear that he will be the only player in the league to be unhappy with his current contract.
In March 2018, Michael Jordan signed a new contract that reportedly included a $30 million signing bonus.
He would be in his second year of a $90 million deal and would be paid the same as his current $32.5 million deal.
Jordan signed the deal with the expectation that he would earn the same $30.9 million he was earning at the time of his signing.
It’s not clear how much longer Jordan will be able, and it’s not hard to imagine that the number would eventually increase to $40 million.
The Lakers also signed Shaquille O’Neal to a four-year, $98 million contract in 2009, but he played in just 22 games that season.
In 2018, LeBron James signed a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers that included a signing bonus of $55 million.
James was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft and averaged 25.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists in his rookie season.
He signed his deal before the start of the season and was expected to earn $22 million over the next four seasons.
However, James missed the entire season due to injuries and was released after the season.