I loved how Kobe stood his ground on his contract. He did make some pretty good points(although I'd still have preferred a far cheaper contract). He's right in saying the players on giving the owners far too much power in determining their worth and settling for less when in reality teams should just be spending their money better.
Harden would have never been asked to take less with the Thunder if they didn't waste a ton of money and cap on Perkins.
The Bulls could have matched on Asik and kept their better bench players if they didn't hand out an overpriced contract to Boozer(he's a good player, but his deal has been crippled them in their efforts of keeping their other players. It's not his fault that the owners are cheap, but his contract takes a lot of the cap that could go to those players).
The Knicks...lol oh god the Knicks.
All these situations where players have to take less(except in the heat's case) shouldn't be necessary in the first place if the team just spends their money wisely and doesn't wasted it on long term contracts to unproven or unreliable players.
I wish he could have just taken his stand with 6 million less per year.
Also I think the high ball offer might have been wise on the Lakers part. That was the first and only offer and the way they had his contract done showed that they take care of players. We might not get any free agents in the next two years, but it could go a long way in helping Jim Buss look like an owner that players would want to play for.