After suffering his third consecutive season-ending injury, Kobe Bryant is unsure whether he can return. But one thing is for sure—he's certainly going to put the work in and try. And taking a look at the San Antonio Spurs, who won NBA titles seven years apart with the same core, means you shouldn't count Kobe out.
"I can't say it is the end," Bryant said during an interview with Ahmad Rashad on NBA TV on Monday night, as reported by ESPN. "I thought the Spurs were done 20 years ago. Those guys are still winning. So, to answer the question, I can't say this is the end of my era because I thought their (era) was done and they're still there. So I'm hoping I can have the same rebirth."
When asked what continues to drive him—after accomplishing everything from winning five NBA titles, two Finals MVPs, one league MVP and being named to the All-Star team 17 times—Bryant answered the journey of the process.
"The process of it. I want to see if I can. I don't know if I can. I want to find out. I want to see," Bryant said. "What I'm going to do is do what I always do: I'm going to break everything down to its smallest form, smallest detail, and go after it day by day. Just one day at a time."
Bryant, 36, is still recovering from the torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder that ended his 2014-15 season. Next season marks the final year of the two-year, $48.5 million contract extension that Bryant signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in November 2013.
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