Lakers Needs Jackson - But Not as Coach

Frank Franklin II/AP

On farewell day, they waved until their hands hurt.

Kobe Bryant pleaded for Lakers management to pay millions to Dwight Howard, millions to Pau Gasol, millions for the luxury tax, anything to keep the Lakers together for the final year of his contract.

"It's a lot on the table for them . . . it's a tough call to make," Bryant said. "But then again, it is one more year . . . it's one more year."

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