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Basketball Star Kobe Bryant Pulls In Tons of Cash His Last Year Before Retirement- Was He Worth It?

I’m going to keep it real and admit that I am a diehard Michael Jordan fan. That means I get annoyed at all the talk about how Kobe Bryant is just as awesome as Jordan. That being said, I cannot deny that his game is on point. He has incredible skills and the ability to hold it together during crunch time or high stress situations. There is often controversy over how much money professional sports players make in salary. As per a blog post on Frugaa top 6 NBA players get humongously paid because of their consistent perseverance towards their passion which kept on increasing their brand value. When you put it in that perspective, are these salaries worth it? You can be the judge of that

 Kobe Bryant Made $25 Million Dollars in Salary for the 2015-2016 Season

Can you imagine pulling in a yearly income like that!? That is a lot of money! Bryant beats out the next highest player, LeBron James, by a decent margin. James made $22,970,000.00 last season. Kobe has the stats to back up the dough, though. He averaged 17.6 points per game this season which is very respectable. He has a 2.8 average per game and an average of 3.7 rebounds per game as well. This proves he is a well rounded player and not just a big scorer. Anyone who has seen him play understands that he is a good ball handler on top of these flashier stats of scores and rebounds. He has the finesse necessary to attract the attention of fans. That brings me to my next point about his worth on the court to the franchise he plays for.

Kobe Bryant Has Major Star Power

There are some players who toil away in a steady manner and are real assets to their team. Players that come to mind are Steve Kerr. He played for the Chicago Bulls and now coaches the Golden State Warriors. Kerr was totally clutch behind the three point line and often sent me into hysterics by landing a shot that was an actual game changer. He isn’t a player you hear much about, however. He just didn’t quite have that star power. There was, of course, a pretty long shadow cast by Michael Jordan during Kerr’s career.

Kobe Bryant, on the other hand, shines like a laser. He is confident and just the slightest bit cocky, unlike LaBron James whose attitude problem has earned him so much flack that he even is fodder for internet memes. Some believe that there is no such thing as bad press. That may be true, but it is impressive to see a player like Bryant maintain a strong fan connection without acting up. He is mostly all business. This makes him a sure thing for whatever club he plays for. Fans are going to come out to see what he is going to do during a game. They are very loyal to him, and that means they are loyal to the team he plays for. He definitely increases the revenue of whatever team he is on. His team loyalty is the next topic for discussion.

Bryant Played His Entire Career with The LA Lakers

Back in the old days of Basketball, rivalries were king. Players stuck around with their teams for a lot longer than they do today, and that made it easy to see match ups like the Knicks and the Pacers that really got fans riled up. The Knicks vs Pacers rivalry in the 1990s was intense. I’m sure everyone remembers Reggie Miller’s crucial series of shots at the end of Game 1 of the 1995 Eastern Conference semifinals. He scored 8 points in 9 seconds. Anyone who saw it will remember it until the day they die.

Back to the matter at hand. This relates to my point about Bryant because his willingness to stick by the same team over so many years created a lot of loyalty toward the Lakers franchise. Other players came and went, but Bryant remained constant. There was always something exciting to see when he played and that brought fans in which made a stronger team overall. I’m sure the Lakers were happy to pay him big money to show their appreciation and keep him on the roster.

 Kobe Bryant Made Amazing Plays

Kobe Bryant was a five time NBA champion, 17 time NBA All Star, 4x NBA All Star MVP, two time NBA scoring champion, and an Olympic Gold Medalist with the infamous Dream Team. He is the Laker’s highest scoring player ever. That’s pretty sweet!

In case you still aren’t convinced he was worth every penny of that huge salary, here are his top 10 plays, compiled by NBA Countdown. Enjoy the walk down memory lane.

He still isn’t Michael Jordan, but being Kobe Bryant is a pretty high accolade all by itself.

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