Kobe brought this onto himself

Kobe brought this onto himself.  If he truly loved basketball (like he claims in his little poem), he would’ve taken a pay-cut and accepted a reduced role.  Look at Tim Duncan; he saw that his skills were diminishing, but instead of cashing-in on one last “Big Pay Day”, he accepted a pay-cut to $10 million per year (vs. $25 million per year for Kobe) and he accepted a reduced role on the team … The difference is that Duncan truly loves the game of basketball; Kobe loves the money and fame from basketball.