USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been quoted today criticizing one of the countries most high profile sportsmen - Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant.
In an piece published Thursday by The New York Times Magazine, citing an interview that took place in December, Klinsmann rips into the two-year contract extension handed out to Kobe Bryant by the Lakers franchise worth $48.5 million:
"This always happens in America.
"Kobe Bryant, for example - why does he get a two-year contract extension for $50 million? Because of what he is doing to do in the next two years for the Lakers? Of course not. Of course not," the German continued.
"He gets it because of what he has done before. It makes no sense. Why do you pay for what has already happened?," said the clearly bemused Klinsmann.
With Kobe entering his 35th year Klinsmann is perhaps right to wonder just how Bryant can justify that sort of money as his time in the NBA comes to an end.
Klinsmann has certainly followed through on his belief that it is the present that deserves rewarding rather than the past, with the US soccer coach having famously dropped veteran Landon Donavon from his squad for the 2014 World Cup recently.
Donovan in Klinsmann's eyes had not done enough in recent months to justify a place in the final 23 man squad and the former German international had some harsh words for the LA Galaxy man.
According to the New York Times piece Klinsmann was put off by "what he saw as Donovan's inconsistent motivation."
The motivation of Kobe Bryant however is fairly hard to question when you take into consideration the veteran NBA player's determination to return from injury early last season and his constant will to win when is out on court.
What do you think? IS Klinsmann right to argue that players in their prime deserve the credit not those on the way out of their respective sport?
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