Much has been made about how much longer Kobe Bryant will remain in the NBA. He’s said numerous times that he may retire following next season once his current contract is up. For now, Bryant still plans on evaluating things once this current season ends and deciding what’s best after that.
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However, in an upcoming interview for Time Warner Cable SportsNet’s Connected with Kobe Bryant, Bryant said something that we haven’t heard from him yet.
“I could play another five years. That’s not to say I will.”
In reality this isn’t that big of a surprise. Everybody knows Bryant’s conditioning is top-notch, and that realistically he could still compete in the NBA for years to come. Ultimately it’s been whether or not Bryant still wants to play in the league and accept the toll it has on his mind and body.
With the heavy minutes that Bryant’s been logging this season, the odds of him playing beyond next season might be slimmer than they once were. Kobe’s averaging 38.4 MPG, which is still one of the highest numbers in the league. That on top of a 17-year career with an average of 36.6 MPG and even more playoff minutes, the mileage on Bryant’s legs is certainly extensive.
While Laker fans aren’t ready to see Bryant hang up his shorts quite yet, ultimately his future will have to be determined by him and him alone.
To catch the full interview on Connected with Kobe Bryant, tune into Time Warner Cable SportsNet on Wednesday night following the Lakers’ matchup with Portland.
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