Five-time NBA Champion and arguably one of the best basketball players of all time might be retiring. The 36-year-old LA Lakers star, Kobe Bryant, hinted that next season may be his last on Tuesday.
If you’ve ever been a Lakers fan, you’d know these last two seasons have been terrible to watch. Disrupted by countless injuries, the Lakers were nowhere near .500. This season they only managed to win 23 games, less than the 27 they secured during the 2013-2014 season. But Bryant said he was feeling fit and ready for another bout with the Lakers after only playing 35 games this year due to a torn rotator cuff.
Bryant told Yahoo Sports he has not made a decision about his future yet, explaining that he will continue playing as long as he takes enjoyment from the sport.
“We haven’t set anything in stone. And I’ve talked about it before,” Bryant said. “But could this be the last? Absolutely. It’s really tough to make those types of decisions. Players I have spoken to say, ‘Kobe, you will know.'”
Bryant insisted that his body was ready for the rigors of another season despite his recent injury record.
“My body and my legs feel extremely strong and healthy,” adding that he expected to make a decision on his future at the end of the season.