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Kobe Says Next Season Will Be His Last

Kevin April 1, 2013 Rumors 11 Comments

Kobe Bryant has gone back and forth so many different times on when he will finally decide to retire.  He just passed Wilt Chamberlain the other night for 4th all-time in scoring and next on that list is Michael Jordan, of course.

You absolutely know he wants to pass Michael but will that be as far as he gets? Kobe recently said that next year will be his last. Not calling the man a liar but he strikes me as wanting to leave the game as the all-time leading scorer. Hey, why stop now, Kobe?

Is your sense that next season will be your last?

“As I sit here right now, yeah.”

Is there anything the Lakers can say that would make it more likely you played beyond next season?

“No,” Bryant told NBA.com. “It’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.”

H/T: nba.com

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ina.mclemoremartin Ina McLemore Martin

    You are misquoting the man. That is not all the conversation. Kobe has NOT made a decision. He stated he will decide in the off season.. get your facts traight before u try to sell a story..

    • Nashty

      He definitely isn’t going to sign another contract. He cares too much about his image and legacy to keep playing as he begins to decline in ability. Plus, he could go the way of Allen Iverson, in not wanting to recognize his decline and play a supporting role. Its already quite obvious this season that the other players flourish when Kobe isn’t in the lineup. He can still get buckets, but his ability to carry the team are definitely on the decline.

      • Gandalf47

        I would agree that he does not want to play as he begins to decline inability, which has not happened yet, and which shows no sign of happening any time soon. But, apparently, I have to point out the obvious – Kobe is NOT Alan Iverson.

        Kobe is playing some of the best basketball of his career this year, in spite 1) playing through many nagging injuries that would sideline most NBA prima-donnas 2) of the fact that literally, most of the rest of his team (starters AND bench players) have been injured all year 3) of the fact that the starters have not played together as a unit hardly at all this year 4) Jim Buss hiring the wrong coach when Phil Jackson was interested 5) of the fact that Dwight Howard was not physically and mentally prepared until about the last four weeks, and 6) he is 34 years old.

        He may feel like next year is his last year NOW, but if they don’t win it all this year, and I don’t think they will, and, even if they DO next year, which is nobody can predict, he still wants to have AT LEAST as many rings as MJ, and preferably at least one more to cement his legacy as the best player to have ever played the game. That may be debatable (think Bill Russell, with 11 rings), but I’m pretty sure that’s how Kobe sees things.

        If he does play beyond next year, however, he will have to do it for the “love of the game” at a reduced salary, because I don’t think even the Lakers can afford to pay him what he is making now, since, with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, whatever he makes will count for more than double the face value, unless he goes to a crappy team, which I doubt that he would ever do just for money. He has plenty of money already, and it is his basketball legacy that he thinks about these days.

      • http://www.facebook.com/chris.raymond.7587 Chris Raymond

        I wouldn’t say “definitely”. I could easily see him signing a 2 year deal after next season (at a reduced rate a-la Tim Duncan) with the option to retire after one. He can contribute at least as much as Duncan is for the Spurs right now, if not more so. Plus, he might want to stick around after his big contract comes off the books to see who they can bring in to pair with Howard (assuming he stays). How many other 34 year olds in the NBA can do what he did last night against Dallas as often as he’s doing it this season? Even if he dropped off some in the next 2-3 years he’s still going to be a solid starter so long as he can stay healthy.

  • Michelle

    The moment Kobe leaves bball, is the moment I will become a Laker fan…again. #Blazers

    • KH21

      completely agreed. I was even a fan when him and shaq were together, but for some reason (i think around the time he changed his number to 24) he became a complete asshole. I dont have any respect for him anymore.

  • http://twitter.com/retired728 Retired728

    Kobe is tired and probably disgruntled by this season. Le’t wait till next season and see how his mental outlook will be.

  • hookedonnews

    He doesn’t know what he’s going to do. He needs to just tell everybody he doesn’t want to discuss it. No point in having a Bret Favre scenario every year. He’ll retire when he’s ready.

  • MD Honze

    I am soo happy to have watched #24 for his entire career.
    Do what u want to Kobe.

    • RockitD

      As 24 and 8!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/WindTigerS Richard Rey Collado

    No way, Kobe have 10 more years as an All star caliber player