Kobe Bryant is among the NBA elite and is currently number four on the list of the NBA’s top career scorers. He’s also 17 years into his NBA career, with just one year left on his LA Lakers contract. His mark is solidified; he’ll go down as one of the best players to star in the NBA. What’s more uncertain, though, is whether a Kobe Bryant retirement party will come at the end of next season, says a March 31 article on CBS Sports.
The 34-year-old superstar has recently indicated that his retirement is likely to come after the 2013-14 season when his contract expires. He has also said, though, that he intends to refrain from making this big decision until the summer off-season.
Bryant has a laundry list of basketball accomplishments that have come over the past 17 years. He’s the all-time leading scorer for the Lakers franchise. He’s played in every All-Star game since his second year in the NBA and he is a multi-year All-Star MVP winner. He’s won five NBA championships and two Olympic gold medals.
An official Kobe Bryant retirement announcement will sadden his many fans, it won’t sully his reputation. While more time in the league would extend his longevity and contribute to his career totals, his legacy as a basketball superstar has already been solidified.