Kobe Bryant Responds

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant Responds

Speculation about the NBA star's future is rampant.

Published May 23, 2015

Kobe Bryant is tired of your speculation about his career. After rumors have been ping-ponging back and forth about whether Black Mamba will retire after his 2015-16 season — even Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak seems to think so — Bryant felt the need to address them personally on Twitter.

"My thoughts on next season being my last season are the same as the last time the media asked me last season #nadanew," he wrote.


Bryant has been more-or-less out for the last three seasons due to various injuries, including damage to his knee, shoulder and hand. Though fans would like to believe the 36-year-old still has several seasons to don the purple and gold still left in him, Kupchak doesn't believe in raising hopes. He said Kobe "indicated to me that this is it." 

As for rumors that Kobe's presence is driving away free agents from Los Angeles, Kupchak says, "we don't want them. Go some place else." 

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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