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Kobe Bryant, Lakers help out former team staff

Posted on: August 19, 2011 10:02 am
Edited on: August 19, 2011 10:07 am
 
By Matt Moore

The Lakers elected not to re-sign much of their training and basketball operations staff this summer. It was a total housecleaning move which seems pretty insane considering the vast amount of success the Lakers have enjoyed for the past... well, ever, but especially recently. 

Kobe Bryant is generally considered a pretty hard-hearted guy, what with the poisonous snake moniker, ruthless desire to win and cool, calculated demeanor, not to mention the jaw-jut.

How are those two things related? Turns out Kobe Bryant was willing to do the right thing by the video staff, even if the Lakers decided to go in another direction. From the Los Angeles Times
Kobe Bryant insisted on giving some of the team's playoff bonus to two members of the Lakers' video department whose contracts were not renewed after the season. Chris Bodaken and Patrick O'Keefe split about $65,000 of the Lakers' playoff bonus.

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"He always looks out for people who are lower on the totem pole," O'Keefe said.

Said Bodaken: "At the end of the day, he told us he was going to take care of us and he did, and that's not how most people in the world operate. He not only talks the talk. He walks it."
via Lakers donate to help displaced staff members - latimes.com.

Yet another in a long series of things which make the players look like people willing to compromise and give in terms of money while the owners seem to be, you know, not that. But let's not sully it by complicating it with the lockout. In reality, this was just a decent effort from a player to give back to the guys who help the team and don't get their names in the highlight reels. Well, I mean, beyond Luke Walton and Derrick Caracter. It's nice to hear about a player wanting to look out for the people who work hard for the team and don't get the big salaries. And the fact that the rest of the players agreed is a nice touch, too.

The article also states that Walton specifically gave money individually to members of the training staff. The Lakers, usually regarded as a me-first group seem pretty considerate. More stories about things like this are always welcome.
Comments

Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: August 21, 2011 1:08 pm
 

Kobe Bryant, Lakers help out former team staff

It's a little PR expense for the brother who got caught cheating on his old lady.  The dude is as bad as Tiger Wood and they both be trying to chill.



Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: August 21, 2011 1:03 pm
 

Kobe Bryant, Lakers help out former team staff

In life....you get paid for your contribution based on you role.  Kids stay in school, for by doing that it will lessen the chance of you being schooled.  Word to your muther.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2011 11:23 am
 

Kobe Bryant, Lakers help out former team staff

The people who are hurt by the lockout are the laid off middle class workers who depend on their jobs to make ends meet. These are the forgotten victims. If trickle down economics really worked, the billionaire owners who pay very little tax would be looking after these guys rather than laying them off.



Since: Dec 5, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2011 9:44 am
 

Kobe Bryant, Lakers help out former team staff

Sure players could do more. Kobe didn't have to do anything. How come the lakers orginization didn't do anything? Look past what the man makes and look at the generosity.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2011 2:06 am
 

Kobe Bryant, Lakers help out former team staff

I'm a Lakers fan but come on - $65k, from the playoff bonus pool is nothing to these players - specifically Bryant. Definitely not some grand gesture of generocity considering that instead of writing the check himself, Kobe spread out the costs among everyone eligible for the playoff bonuses. 

Exactly.  Don't get me wrong, 32 or 33 thousand dollars for each of these guys will help for a little while but athletes these days could do so much more to help people, especially people that work for the same organization they do....  if anybody actually takes the time to do the math they'll see 65 thousand dollars to a guy grossing 25 million dollars to play basketball is the equivalent of a normal person that makes 40 thousand dollars making a one hundred dollar donation.  Consider it was probably split between about 12 players it works out to about 5 thousand dollars per player.  The Lakers regular season payroll alone was just over 90 million dollars so compared to the average person it's the equivalent of about a 30 dollar team donation.  Athletes don't sacrifice anything for others anymore... it's a joke.




Since: Jul 25, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 5:47 pm
 

Kobe Bryant, Lakers help out former team staff

They make alot of money, but 65k is 65k.

 



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Kobe Bryant, Lakers help out former team staff

It is good to know that there are sports stars such as Kobe and the other Lakers that would take the time to show a little appreciation of the guys that do a little of the help in preparation of the Lakers for their games and winning habits.

I don’t know how the writer of this article found this tidbit of information out, but thanks for the info, it just goes to show you that you if you never open the book you would never know what is inside the book or find out another side of a person you did not know about.

I knew of Kobe and the Lakers work in the community, with kids, clinics and attending schools for talks about staying in school.

These are normal things you would expect, because some is required by the NBA and some by the teams.

But to take their own money to pay these individuals is generosity at it’s very best.

I have a new respect for Kobe & Walton as well as all the other Lakers that were involved.

It make these players human and understanding their surroundings and how this walkout, lockout or what ever you would want to call it would affect these team staffers.

I am surprised that the Buss family would allow this to happen as in the other lockouts they have keep the staff on and paid them.

“GO LAKERS





Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Kobe Bryant, Lakers help out former team staff

I'm a Lakers fan but come on - $65k, from the playoff bonus pool is nothing to these players - specifically Bryant. Definitely not some grand gesture of generocity considering that instead of writing the check himself, Kobe spread out the costs among everyone eligible for the playoff bonuses.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Kobe Bryant, Lakers help out former team staff

I am not a fan of Bryant but this is a class move.  Never hurts to watch out for the little guys when you are on top.


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Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 19, 2011 12:00 pm
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