Kobe Bryant Announces Retirement (VIDEOS)
Kobe Bryant Announces Retirement (videos)

On Sunday afternoon, Kobe Bryant officially announced the end of a Lakers era, that he would retire at the end of the 2015-16 season, after 20 years of playing for Los Angeles. Following the loss to the Pacers at Staples Center, Bryant took to the podium to explain his decision, why now and what it means for the rest of the season. His press conference can be watched below.

Head coach Byron Scott, who developed a relationship with him two decades ago during his rookie season, also reacts to the news, which caught him by surprise. Scott admits the news saddens him, and reflects on what Bryant has meant to him.

Additionally, general manager Mitch Kupchak, though not at all surprised by Bryant’s decision, discusses what might have prompted him to announce his plan at this particular time. It’s all in our videos below.

Kobe Bryant Announces Retirement Via Poem On The Players’ Tribune

Kobe Bryant Press Conference (PT. 1)

Kobe Bryant Press Conference (PT. 2)

Kobe Bryant Press Conference (PT. 3)

Byron Scott Press Conference (PT. 1)

Byron Scott Press Conference (PT. 2)

Mitch Kupchak Speaks Following Kobe Bryant’s Announcement

Kobe Bryant Press Conference (Spanish)

Thank You Kobe.

  • The Lakers franchise should be ashamed how they sent the black mamba out the last couple years if Mitch Kupchak made all the basketball decisions Kobe would have 2 or 3 more rings right now. Jim Buss destroyed the Lakers and the dumb fans don’t even see that we are getting worst man Jeanie and Jim keep talking about their fathers wishes but i am almost certain he would have never let this franchise get to 2-14 this is ridiculous i can’t believe what this franchise has become and whether they are pushing Kobe out of the door or not this is crazy man.

  • Thank You So Much Kobe Bryant i hope that see you again as Consultant LA Lakers

  • Now LA Lakers can focus on sign kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and also sign scott brooks as next head coach LA Lakers season

  • sad but somehow true, Id argue that Kobe-DMC-Rondo big 3 is a contending team which can be better than the clippers,grizz and rockets

  • Hope to see Kobe as part of the Lakers Organization, player development coach? Consultant? Future GM?

  • will mean nothing if they will be in the top 5 worst teams….would make sense if there would be 8-10 teams which will have worse record than them

  • Thanks for everything Kobe. I hope you have an enjoyable and healthy retirement.

  • Not all endings are Disney. Most of the time it is exactly how Kobe is going out unless the player is willing to walk while he still has gas in the tank.

    Kobe did indeed give all he had to give and much respect to him for that. The same way folks whine about me mentioning father time with Kobe, you need to do the same with yourself on the FO. No one is perfect, no franchise is perfect. Kobe is loyal to the Lakers organization today the same way he was in the past, and that is because of all they did for him present and past.

  • I think everyone pretty much knew it was his last season that and account of how lakers been doing lately. Maybe he also thinks lakers probably not going to be great for next year as well so he mind as well just hang it up.

  • Mitch summed it up perfectly. The FO tried in 2011 but Stern and the league opted for parity. The FO tried again in 12-13, employing the biggest total cap spending in NBA history at the time. Things didn’t work out. It happens. Father time was knocking way back in 2010 as Kobe struggled with his knee issues. He cheated father time long as he could and now it time for the next chapter in the life of a legend. This is the best thing for both Kobe and the team, and as Mitch said, now they can go forward in full rebuild without wondering what Kobe’s gonna do. Mad props to the FO for being that loyal to Kobe. They could have easily done the Paul Pierce, Celtics thing in trying to expedite the long overdue youth movement.

    Again, this and the last few seasons have been rough but both sides stayed loyal to the end. Congrats Kobe on an amazing career and thanks for all of the incredible memories. I absolutely love going on YouTube to reminisce. That said, next man up, GO YOUTH MOVEMENT…

  • Your love for the game and obsession to win have been inspirational to me. Enjoy the end chapter of your amazing career! Legends never die anyway.

  • Do you think that the FO plans on using Kobe’s farewell tour as an excuse for tanking?

  • you should all be ashamed of yourselves.
    bashing Kobe and blaming him for all these recent downfalls.
    dont ever call yourself a true Lakers fan.
    we lost one of the greatest players ever…..
    thanks lakersnation for backstabbing my man Kobe. thank you!

  • Laker fans bashing Kobe and telling him to just retire?
    you guys all suck big hairy donkey balls!
    when Kobe retires i hope its another 20 years before the team wins again.
    you will regret how you treated Mr. Bryant believe that.

  • He just got BENCHED, on a historically bad team. He may be the least athletic Point Guard in the league. And now he’s mocking Kobe Bryant?? We might have to trade this kid by the All-Star break.

  • So funny. I hope the airball was intentional. Meanwhile Russell is still ranked 10 on the NBA rookie ladder and climbing even despite the benching. If Randle was still considered a rookie, which he should be, we would have two top rookies this year. Our present team sucks, but future is looking nice.

  • Meanwhile Kobe has the worst shooting percentage in the NBA of those with more than 100 shots while also being in the bottom 3 for rebounding at his position.

  • Russell was imitating his own air ball that he shot in last game. What rookie ranking did you get that info from. I haven’t seen him in the top 10 on any list.

  • Ok, However the authors says he maybe holding the 10th spot for the Suns Booker. So he aint climbing up the ladder. 10th is a far drop from 2nd overall.

  • I wanna know if he can imitate more than 3 assist a game. Or imitate some defense.

  • Okafor is the only guy falling, Zing and Russell both have moved up over past three weeks. Russell was not top ten. He will pass Mudiay in a few weeks if trends keep up.

  • I doubt it Incendy. The only thing Russell is doing better is looking for his own shot more. But he’s not passing the ball like he should. That why the Lakers drafted him.

  • Dr. Buss sent a team out with smush parker and understood that there would be bad years.

    Seems like you remember things a bit differently.

  • Is your abusive use of stats quoting kobe since the first game or the last 5 or 10.

    And what point is dropping stats when brown or Kelly would be worse.

    What battle are you tying to fight or did you just lump onto the anti kobe thing because you think it’s what the cool kids are doing?

  • Lakers have the most in the league. Hopefully, if they don’t get Durant that they won’t overpay like the rest of the teams with money to burn.

  • Brown and Kelly might be on our team next season. Kobe is gone. No point in Kobe playing. Especially when he is this bad. Develop the youth.

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