I wasn't aware of the Kobe haters contingent until recently. I now as much about the Lakers as I do about any other team other than the Knicks (which means not too much) and I get that people feel he is screwing the team's cap for the next two years but isn't this the guy that came into the league at 18, has played his whole career there, has won 5 championships, is arguably a top 5 all time player and who plays injured and plays 110% when he is on the court? Has something other than the contract happened in the last few years? I've read that he is a hardass on his teammates but isn't that what you want from your team leader? I mean Kevin Durant is supposedly a beautiful human being but he may very well go his entire career without ever again even getting the the WCF, much less a chip and you guys are complaining about a guy that brought you 5 chips?