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Phil Jackson: Strong return for Kobe

Updated: January 31, 2014, 7:08 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Even Phil Jackson gets sticker shock when considering the $48.5 million contract extension the Los Angeles Lakers gave to a 35-year-old Kobe Bryant, but the legendary coach still sees merit in the move.

"They paid him more than I would have gone for, but what he's given to this organization, what he gives back, he brings a certain sense of, 'We're going to win!' " Jackson said during an interview that aired on NBA TV on Thursday. "You got to have a guy on the team that doesn't settle for ...

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