I understand what Mitch Kupchak is saying completely, but he didn’t have to say it like that.
Kobe Bryant is making north of $24 million this season after signing a two-year, $48.5-million extension back in 2013. That’s the equivalent of three really solid players on the roster.
The remaining 47 games will be all about Bryant and his league-wide tour, so that means the Mamba jacking up shots, playing big minutes and simply doing what he’s earned the right to do.
Such an ending for the legend will likely stunt the growth of rookie D’Angelo Russell and 2014 first-rounder Julius Randle. Kupchak is okay with that, but concedes that the Lakers can’t fully start the rebuild until Bryant leaves.