Kobe fires back, defends contract extension

Kobe Bryant spoke out for the first time since he signed his two-year extension with the Lakers for a reported $48.5 million on Tuesday before the Lakers took the court in Washington, D.C.

Kobe threw a few jabs in the process. He said the deal struck with the Lakers was a “smart decision” that can’t “be revoked by the NBA,” drawing laughs from the media contingent at the Verizon Center and presumably referencing the Lakers’ attempt to acquire Chris Paul in a 2011 trade that was vetoed by the NBA for “basketball reasons.”
Bryant, however, wasn’t done. Following the Lakers’ 116-111 loss to the Wizards, he took to Twitter to address the backlash since his extension was announced, with many calling it a bad business move for the Lakers.

Bryant defended himself and the deal with a tweet about the salary cap:

And for future athletes:

His final tweet suggested the Lakers aren’t as hamstrung by his extension as many have said since the deal was announced.

With Bryant inking a two-year extension, he, Steve Nash and Robert Sacre are on the books for the 2014-15 season. Nick Young has a player option for next season, while rookie Elias Harris has a team option.