Bryant's extension sticks Lakers in the middle

Despite not playing a single game this season, Kobe receives a two-year contract extension.

— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) November 25, 2013
If Bryant really wanted to put a title ring first, he would have put his contract last, in terms of priority and dollars.

Instead the Lakers find themselves stuck somewhere in the middle, a spot that is becoming painfully familiar for a .500 team with a muddled future.

Does Bryant deserve the salary he's making the next two seasons? Absolutely, given he's anywhere close to his old brilliance.

Will taking those dollars give him the best chance to tie Michael Jordan with six championship rings? No way.

Bryant tweeted a picture of his contract Monday morning, evidence he had signed off on the possibility of ending his career without another title.

--Ben Bolch

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