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Reported by Malcolm Morrow
Kobe Bryant is expected to make a decision as early as this summer on whether or not he will retire from the league or renew his contract when it ends after the 2013-2014 season. Kobe Bryant has played for the Los Angeles Lakers for the past 17 seasons and has amassed five championship rings and numerous accolades, nicknames, titles, and broken records. Bryant has been hinting at the possibility of his retirement throughout the current season.
There is also question as to whether or not the Lakers will even fight to keep Bryant on the team since their 2014-2015 schedule only has Howard and Nash’s salaries being taken into consideration. How would they be able to fit Kobe’s current 30 million-dollar salary as well as pay Howard and Nash top dollar?
Bryant is one of the most dedicated figures in the sport of basketball right now. He trains hard, he pushes his body to the limit, and he is the de facto leader of his team whether it be in a supporting role or as the main scorer. Even on a team that includes superstars such as Dwight Howard, Metta World Peace, and Steve Nash, Bryant still is able to keep his name at the head of the pack on all levels.
Bryant was even willing to play in a game the night after injuring his ankle badly enough that he had to be taken out of the game when it occurred this season. Bryant, still leading the league as a scorer, most recently eclipsed Wilt Chamberlain’s all-time scoring record. The man is one of the oldest players in the league and he’s still in his prime.
Here’s what Bryant said in a recent interview with NBA.com:
Question: Is your sense that next season will be your last?
Kobe Bryant: “As I sit here right now, yeah.”
Question: Is there anything the Lakers can say that would make it more likely you played beyond next season?
Kobe Bryant: “No. t’s my decision. It’s really about what I want to do, if I want to train and be psychotic with my training. That’s what it comes down to. It’s really how I’m feeling physically.”
It remains to be seen what Kobe will decide to do but regardless of his choice, he will certainly leave behind a great legacy.