Kobe Bryant: ‘Means The Most’ To Receive Respect From NBA Peers

After 20 seasons in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers, superstar Kobe Bryant will officially retire once the 2015-16 NBA season comes to an end next year. Bryant had been reluctant to label an expiration date on his basketball career, but surprised everyone with the announcement before Sunday’s game against the Indiana Pacers.

Following the loss to the Pacers at the Staples Center, Bryant addressed the media and talked about his plans for the future. Kobe said during the process of coming to terms with retiring and the time he’s spent in the league over the past few years, he’s loved the respect he’s received from his peers around the league.

Bryant mentioned Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving among players that have reached out to him in the past via Mike Trudell of Lakers.com:

After so many years as the most dominant force in the NBA and a player that mirrored arguably the greatest player of all-time in Michael Jordan, Kobe seems to be accepting his role as a mentor. Not only is Bryant a mentor for the young players currently on the Lakers roster, but also around the league with everyone trying to soak up the knowledge from the basketball icon.

With 66 games left in the regular season, Bryant will continue to mentor his teammates and others in the league he’s built relationships with over the years. Kobe seems to be content with retirement decision and will push his 37-year-old body to the limit over the next few months to end his career in the best way possible.

The Lakers will now head on an eight-game road trip with Bryant next time on the floor being back in hometown to take on the Philadelphia 76ers.

No diss, but if 24 retires after this season then common sense points to coach Scott being ousted. However, doubt this inept FO will make the necessary changes given the past few years. X_X

  • Did you hear Mitch’s interview? Definitely sounded like he breathed a sigh of relief at Kobe officially hanging them up. Left no question that he viewed this as the last season and even hinted at disappointment in the way the team is performing… Scott’s days are numbered. Said he didn’t expect a 50 win season this year but didn’t think the team would be this bad given the few vets added.

  • Numbered?! lol, C’mon Scott has a guaranteed 3rd year while the 4th is a team option. But if he was brought here to cater to Kobe then it makes no sense for him to remain as the coach given the youth movement.

    Keeping it real tho, Kobe’s literally avg. one title every 4 yrs in his 20 yr career. Thus, he’s the reason why they’d managed to keep their jobs this long. Kupcake’s not much of a big risk taker… all his job has entailed since the y2k day’s is surrounding the stars with better depth.

    Most of the recent/past risk’s for the Lakers has come with Dr. Buss around as opposed to gambling on trades. Best to make a trade happen b/c this team will continue to struggle with their shooting = inexperience.

  • Ettore Messina knows some of the formula that’s helped to make the Spurs consistently relevant for the past close to 20 yrs aside of his success overseas.

    However, given that he was axed when Mike brown was fired the odds are slim to making this happen.

  • How much love does ESPN show for Steve Nash, they aired their top 10 Kobe moments and zoomed in on Kobe’s dunk rather than him dunking over Steve Lol. No diss to Nash but it happened so no reason in not highlighting it.

  • I like Mark Jackson if he has a solid staff. Say Monty Williams and some young sharp minds.

    I’d like Thibs if he had a good offensive assistant.

    Those are the only retreads I like. Wouldn’t mind an unproven like a the Celtics or Hawks did.

  • Not sold on Messina but wouldn’t be against him. Would like to see him as an assistant for say Thibs.

  • Ty but tho that be my preferred option it’s doubtful given the past negative hx.

  • Pass on Thibs, tho he’s defensively minded more so he’s not too good on molding youthful plyrs to which his rotations have shown in Chicago.

  • Hence a good offensive assistant. Young bulls players developed good under Thibs.

  • Time will tell, but no reason to get your hopes up given Scott still another season left. If not then the inept best know who they want to bring in EXACTLY.

  • Never said I had hopes up. Just stated the FO would be foolish to keep Scott past Kobe. BTW, isn’t Scott’s contract a team option starting next season?

  • Other news about yo boy, looks like Nokafor was stopped a few wks back for driving 108 mph. the person was KO’d also has filed a complaint with the police department.

  • nah, Luke willbe available so are Ettore and Hammon…..dont forget Thibs, MJackson,JVG,Shaw,Brooks unless they are willing to wait for kevin ollie as a coach until 2019

  • And? How many young players are squeaky clean? Kobe wasn’t. Metta wasn’t. Look at all the drama Rondo had last season? Folks said he was washed up and turned they nose up at him being signed by the Lakers. Now he straight balling with the Kings.

  • This only way I see a top coach coming to LA is if they fully guarantee his contract being for 4/5 yrs. The inept’s past coaching decisions may have hurt their ability in luring a top of the line coach. But best if the coach knows how to mold the youth which may go with handling a top star a year or two from now.

  • Not saying that he may not live up to the billing, but mentally (high iq) he’s far from it.

  • How do you know his mental capacity? Have you tested him? Did you spend personal time with him?

    Not a good look judging a 19 year old kid like that. Everyone makes mistakes. Even 25 year old 7 year vets of the game. Sans 04.

  • Wth, this is business, shouldn’t act the fool making the league look bad foremost. He was drafted 3rd overall thus the spotlight’s on him this season. Now other news is starting to pop out about his recent bad decisions to which he accepts responsibility. Immaturity, like it or not.

  • Mmm, Lou Gentry be a better option if he’s fired from NO, but he’d likely remain given the injuries. But with this FO nothing will happen.

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