Will Bryant live up to his two-year, $48.5 million extension?

By Montezz Allen

Los Angeles shooting guard Kobe Bryant driving to the cup. (NBA.com)

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant driving to the cup. (NBA.com)

I’m going to try my best to remain as objective as possible. But like Skip Bayless and his unconditional LOVE for the San Antonio Spurs, I, Montezz J. Allen, am HIGH on the Lakers and the one they call Kobe Bean Bryant.

Off the bat I’m not scared to tell you that Kobe Bryant is the second greatest player of all time. He’s the only player you can mention in the same breath as Michael Jordan. Bryant’s the only player who has come close to reaching MJ’s level.

But that’s an argument for another day.

While I may be biased, I’m not delusional. I’m a realist.

(Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

Bryant’s storied career is coming to a close. And it hurts me to say it. He’ll be entering the 2014-15 season as a 36-year-old, 19-year veteran who’s coming of an Achilles tear and fractured knee.

Critics and fans around the world want to know if the superstar shooting guard can live up to the two-year, $48.5 million extension he signed with the the franchise in November 2013.

Before tearing his Achilles in the 2012-13 season, “The Black Mamba” averaged 27.3 points per game on 46.3 percent shooting, 6 assists and 5.6 rebounds. The guy was flat out balling.

Statistically, Bryant was having one of the best seasons of his career. He continued to defy Father Time like many of the greats tend to do.

Fracturing his knee against the Memphis Grizzlies just six games into his return from rehabbing his torn Achilles left people wondering if he would be able to return to his old self.

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