Kobe: This Could Be My Last Year

Kobe Bryant

Kobe: This Could Be My Last Year

Lakers player admits he may consider retiring, "you never know."

Published November 8, 2015

Kobe Bryant is still walking the line when it comes to talk of his retirement. After a rocky start to the season and injuries that have taken a huge toll on his body, the NBA icon admits it may be time to hang up his jersey for good. 

"If you asked me today, this would be my last year. But you never know," Bryant, who is in the final year of his deal with the Lakers, told ESPN. "We'll keep it open. Whatever happens, happens." He did add, however, that if he did decide to continue playing after this year, his body would be up to the challenge. "If I wanted to keep playing, I could figure it out. Absolutely."


Even Kobe's two young daughters are warming to the idea of their father in retirement. "Of course, they want me around all the time, and I want to be around them all the time," Bryant said. "It's like, if you want to, cool, and if not, [that's] cool, too."

As for a post-NBA career, the all-star is firm that once he leaves the court, he's gone for good — don't expect him to move over to management or coaching. "I don't feel like dealing with divas," he joked. "They're a pain in the a**."

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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