Originally Posted by Jason in LA
If the Lakers had given him the $90 million extension that he so badly wanted, he would still be a Laker. There is no question about that. But they offered him about $65 million, and he laughed at it. If he had taken the Lakers offer he would have remained the highest player in the NBA. Spin it how you want to, but money was the biggest factor. If money wasn't a factor, then why was Shaq complaining about the money the entire year?
And money was the biggest factor with the Lakers also. If they gave Shaq what he wanted they couldn't hope to keep Kobe. But Kobe got his 136 mil. Hmmmm.......