In 2008, Bryant signed a one-year, $17.2-$19 million maximum-contract extension and also received a $4.8 million free agent bonus.
In 2011, Jordan decided to not play in the All-Star Game that year due to a nagging injury to his right knee.
Jordan’s first-year contract was as a free agent to the Los Angeles Lakers as a restricted free agent.. He received a $4.7 million salary..
In the 2011 offseason, Bryant underwent hip surgery. He also missed the entire 2013-14 season due to a severe injury to his left elbow.. This forced him to work his way back from a knee condition that had been bothering him for some time prior..
In his third season with the Lakers in 2012, Bryant made an attempt at a comeback. He averaged just 12.3 points on 36.5 percent shooting in 23.8 minutes per game..
On February 20, 2012, Bryant told the Los Angeles media, “When I first got back, I had only been playing for about a month. I really didn’t know what I was doing. I was doing a little bit of everything – running, jumping, jumping, shooting.. “
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Bryant played only 24.4 minutes per game on 31.3 percent shooting in the Lakers’ four-game win over the Denver Nuggets on January 2, 2012.
However, Bryant still started 47 of the 80 games he played in during a five-year, $68.8 million contract extension with the Lakers in 2010.. During the 2010-11 season, Bryant made his debut with the Lakers’ D-League affiliate, the L.A. D-Fenders, at the age of just 22 years old. And that was also when he first came back from injury and developed a reputation as having one of the best jump shots in the league.
On the season opening in Cleveland on February 2, 2011, Bryant posted a career-high 25 points and five rebounds against the Cavaliers.
Just as with his NBA debut in 2011 against the Knicks, Kobe Bryant posted career games with 25 points, five rebounds and four assists in his debut for the Los Angeles Lakers on February 2, 2011. Bryant recorded five three-pointers in that first NBA contest but also got the four assists..