Scotto: Kobe Bryant and Lakers Diagram Newest Championship Blueprint

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Kobe BryantKobe Bryant deserved every penny, if not more, of his two-year, $48.5 million contract extension.

And I’ll say this: Bryant doesn’t deserve to be criticized as selfish for the amount of money he will make, and any subsequent cap space the Lakers lose as a result.

Two of Bryant’s teammates, Chris Kaman and Xavier Henry, strongly agree.

“I personally think he deserved more,” Kaman told SheridanHoops. “I know the only exception with that comment is that it can be hard for teams to get other guys and to fit pieces in when a guy makes that much money. But other than that, I think with the television deal the Lakers got and with the long-term sponsors they’ve gotten off of the back of Kobe and some other players, I think he deserves it. I think he could have been underpaid for what the owners are making compared to what he’s making.”

“He’s earned everything he’s got,” Henry told Sheridan Hoops. “He literally has earned every single thing he’s gotten, so for people to think he should take more of a pay cut is really not the right idea and it’s unappreciative of what he’s done.”

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Nets coach Kidd fined $50,000 for drink spill

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brooklyn-nets-logo-0That was an expensive drink Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd spilled on the court Friday night.

The NBA fined Kidd $50,000 on Thursday after determining that Kidd intentionally spilled his cup onto the floor to delay the game and buy his team some huddle time.

Sheridan: Let’s Try to Trade Waiters, Shumpert, Turner and Deng

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shithappensTrades happen.

And when they happen, good things can follow. Need proof? How about Marcin Gortat’s 11-for-12 shooting performance Wednesday night?

Granted, it came against the woeful Milwaukee Bucks. But Gortat is 17-for-20 in his last two games, and the Washington Wizards – who dealt the injured Emeka Okafor for him prior to the season – appear to be headed to the playoffs as they float near .500 in the woeful Eastern Conference – which has two, count ‘em, two! – teams playing better than .500.

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PODCAST: Who is leading the MVP Race?

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We have had Paul George and Kevin Durant atop the first two editions of the SheridanHoops.com MVP rankings, and a new edition is coming out later today.

Who is No. 1?

You’ll have to wait and see, but a hint is given in this interview with Gordon Monson and Jake Scott on 1280 The Zone in Salt Lake City, where the topics of discussion included the Jazz defeating the Bulls to tie Milwaukee in the win column in Tankapalooze, the sorry state of the No. 27 and 28 New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, and the newly secured future plans of the Los Angeles Lakers after they signed Kobe Bryant to a two-year contract extension. Does this mean they will trade Pau Gasol?

Give a listen:

Tweet of the Night: Kobe Bryant defends the size of his two-year contract

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KobeWhen it was announced that Kobe Bryant signed a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, Lakers fans around the world rejoiced. Despite not having seen him play since he tore his Achilles tendon in April, they couldn’t fathom the idea of losing the superstar they’ve known for two decades.

Then they heard about the size of the contract, and all hell seemed to break loose on twitter.

“He has no interest in winning if that’s what he’s asking for from the team.”

“Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan took significant pay cuts to help their respective teams. Why can’t Kobe do the same?”

“What were the Lakers thinking?”

“@#$@#$@#”