Kobe Bryant to retire? Rumors that Bryant plans to retire at the end of the next NBA season have started to percolate around the league. According to a report from Sunday morning (March 31), it is clear that he will probably make a decision this summer about what the future holds for him.
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Bryant has just one season left on his contract with the LA Lakers, leading many analysts to surmise that he might be finished at the end of the 2013-14 NBA season. The Lakers have already made Bryant the highest paid player in the league for next season, but a contract extension could be coming as well if he decides he wants to play longer.
When asked about his thoughts right now, Bryant inferred that he needs to talk to the team about it before anything becomes official. He also went on to state that, “I’ll talk to my family and stuff and really see if I want to continue to sacrifice as much as I’m sacrificing right now. I’m putting my body through a lot to just try to get ready to play every single night. To do what I’m doing right now, it’s not easy. I’ll tell you, it’s taken a lot of commitment.”
It’s very clear that for Kobe Bryant to retire he will need to feel that he has accomplished everything possible in the NBA. That might include winning another title, so if the future NBA Hall of Fame inductee feels the team has a shot to do it in two seasons, he might just hang around a bit longer. At some point the LA Lakers will need to rebuild, though, so a lot rides on his upcoming decision.
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