Rick Fox On Kobe Bryant: ‘I Think He’ll Play Overseas’
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The debate rages on about whether Kobe Bryant will or should retire at the end of the 2015-16 NBA season. Bryant’s contract with the Los Angeles Lakers expires in July with the superstar yet to make a decision about his future.

With every passing day, another former teammate, coach, celebrity or one of Kobe’s peers gives his or her opinion about what the five-time NBA champion should do when the time comes to make a decision.

Rick Fox, who won three titles playing alongside Bryant in Los Angeles, is the latest to chime on the subject. In a roundtable discussion for the Los Angeles Daily News, Fox expressed his belief that this won’t be Kobe’s last year, but it may be his last with the Lakers.

“I don’t think this is his last year. It might be his last year in L.A. But it won’t be his last year in the game. I think he’ll play overseas in China. Or maybe go to New York and be with Derek (Fisher) and Phil (Jackson) and mentor the other players with the triangle offense.”

It’s no secret Kobe’s stardom is on another level in China. The 37-year-old makes the trip overseas during the NBA offseason every year and greeted by thousands upon thousands of diehard fans devoted to the Lakers star.

Although LeBron James is also a star on the global stage, Bryant trumps the two-time NBA champion when it comes to popularity in China. Kobe will almost certainly receive offers to play in China as well as other countries overseas, but there’s no indication whether he’d even consider the move.

Bryant joining the New York Knicks has also become an attractive scenario thrown around in debates. Kobe has said time and time again that he’ll never play for another organization in the NBA, but that stance could change Phil Jackson, and Derek Fisher comes calling next summer.

As of right now, the safe bet seems to be that his basketball career will come to an end after one more tour with Team USA this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Bryant hasn’t made any guarantees publicly, but going out with another gold medal may be the way his leaning at this point.

I fully agree. After winning a gold medal, Kobe can retire from the NBA on the highest note.

And then go on a mini-tour of the world still playing basketball and dominating in b-tier leagues (all the while making $$$$$ and expanding his brand). Kobe’s always mentioned that he’s a bit jealous of the guys who get to play abroad….And during the Lockout he had ties to both the Italian and Turkish leagues.

After a year off of the NBA, he might return if he still feels capable, or go into broadcasting.

  • I fully agree. After winning a gold medal, Kobe can retire from the NBA on the highest note.

    And then go on a mini-tour of the world playing basketball and dominating in b-tier leagues (all the while making $$$$$ and expanding his brand). Kobe’s always mentioned that he’s a bit jealous of the guys who get to play abroad, and during the Lockout he had ties to both the Italian and Turkish leagues.

    After a year off of the NBA, he might return if he still feels capable, or go into broadcasting.

  • If Kobe plays another year somewhere else. Unless the Lakers get a Durant…The Lakers become like the Celtics…fading out the limelight….It becomes the Clippers stage in LA…..If he plays with Phil the Knicks become the team of Interest in the NBA….Truth B Told.

  • If Kobe plays another year somewhere else. Unless the Lakers get a Durant…The Lakers become like the Celtics…fading out the limelight….It becomes the Clippers stage in LA…..If he plays with Phil the Knicks become the team of Interest in the NBA….Truth B Told.

  • If I’m Kobe I go overseas and play. He could probably get $50 mil or better for one season over there. I can’t see him playing in the NBA for another team. It would ruin his legacy slightly.

  • If I’m Kobe I go overseas and play. He could probably get $50 mil or better for one season over there. I can’t see him playing in the NBA for another team. It would ruin his legacy slightly.

  • It wouldn’t ruin his Legacy….Playing overseas will….He go to NY and win with Phil….it expounds on his Legacy.

  • It wouldn’t ruin his Legacy….Playing overseas will….He go to NY and win with Phil….it expounds on his Legacy.

  • I used to respect Rick… LOL!

    This is just dumb. Kobe will end his basketball career where it started in LA. It’s that simple. His legacy would follow him where ever he decided to go after this year. But it’s Lakers or bust for him. Why can’t people realize this?

    Talking about what happens after this year for Kobe (the retire or not discussion) is not only premature right now but dumb/pointless. I hope he stays here at least another year, he’s looked great so far.

  • I used to respect Rick… LOL!

    This is just dumb. Kobe will end his basketball career where it started in LA. It’s that simple. His legacy would follow him where ever he decided to go after this year. But it’s Lakers or bust for him. Why can’t people realize this?

    Talking about what happens after this year for Kobe (the retire or not discussion) is not only premature right now but dumb/pointless. I hope he stays here at least another year, he’s looked great so far.

  • Come on.. he doesn’t need the money. He’s not going to tarnish his legacy by playing in China to make a buck.

  • Come on.. he doesn’t need the money. He’s not going to tarnish his legacy by playing in China to make a buck.

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  • Ridiculous…..Why would a Kobe Bryant go play overseas…..that’s for players that failed in the NBA…HOF’ers like Kobe DO NOT play overseas….Fox should lose his Lakers card….RIDICULOUS.

  • Ridiculous…..Why would a Kobe Bryant go play overseas…..that’s for players that failed in the NBA…HOF’ers like Kobe DO NOT play overseas….Fox should lose his Lakers card….RIDICULOUS.

  • Kobe is a different case. Because of how Famous he is, someone might pay him 20 mil as opposed to 7-10 mil at his age in the nba.

  • Kobe is a different case. Because of how Famous he is, someone might pay him 20 mil as opposed to 7-10 mil at his age in the nba.

  • Please weed out all these trolls who add nothing to the conversation. I’m sure more of them will now pose as fake Laker fans and never say anything positive while claiming to be a fan.

  • Please weed out all these trolls who add nothing to the conversation. I’m sure more of them will now pose as fake Laker fans and never say anything positive while claiming to be a fan.

  • He could easily make 40-50 mil in China a year just because of his name. It would be a money thing not a competitive thing.

  • He could easily make 40-50 mil in China a year just because of his name. It would be a money thing not a competitive thing.

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  • Gosh Dana! There you go again, throwing weird accusations and PMSing again! LOL I’m kidding, nothing but love. You’re very much right. Even when we have different ideas and butt heads a bit, it’s hard to have good conversation on here without guys like joshhh mucking it up.

  • Although this is pure speculation, I think he may be right. Kobe might want to play a bit in Italy, where he grew up. Or maybe in China, where he is wildly popular and his products have huge markets. It wouldn’t surprise me if it happened for a year.

  • Gosh Dana! There you go again, throwing weird accusations and PMSing again! LOL I’m kidding, nothing but love. You’re very much right. Even when we have different ideas and butt heads a bit, it’s hard to have good conversation on here without guys like joshhh mucking it up.

  • Gosh Dana! There you go again, throwing weird accusations and PMSing again! LOL I’m kidding, nothing but love. You’re very much right. Even when we have different ideas and butt heads a bit, it’s hard to have good conversation on here without guys like joshhh mucking it up.

  • Although this is pure speculation, I think he may be right. Kobe might want to play a bit in Italy, where he grew up. Or maybe in China, where he is wildly popular and his products have huge markets. It wouldn’t surprise me if it happened for a year.

  • No he can’t. Per the NBA collective bargaining policy the most he could get is 30% of the teams salary cap if he goes for a max deal. With next year set to be up around 92 million, the best he could expect since he took $10 mil a year paycut is $30.67 million approx.

  • No he can’t. Per the NBA collective bargaining policy the most he could get is 30% of the teams salary cap if he goes for a max deal. With next year set to be up around 92 million, the best he could expect since he took $10 mil a year paycut is $30.67 million approx.

  • He wants to be a 1 NBA team only player. He won’t leave for New York. Lakers only for Kobe.

  • He wants to be a 1 NBA team only player. He won’t leave for New York. Lakers only for Kobe.

  • Joseph, it will be constantly moderated. However, I do realize there needs to be a balance to allow for conversations to develop and adjustments will be made.

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  • Kobe can still play in another country, but his NBA career, competing at his highest level will be over. Kobe has talked about playing overseas. It would be more of a marketing outreach venture and purely a profit driven thing. He could easily net 40-50 mil in China. How he might do in say China or Italy wouldn’t affect what he did with the Lakers. If he left for another NBA team, that would be a different story. But it would purely be a marketing thing.

  • Kobe can still play in another country, but his NBA career, competing at his highest level will be over. Kobe has talked about playing overseas. It would be more of a marketing outreach venture and purely a profit driven thing. He could easily net 40-50 mil in China. How he might do in say China or Italy wouldn’t affect what he did with the Lakers. If he left for another NBA team, that would be a different story. But it would purely be a marketing thing.

  • Kobe can still play in another country, but his NBA career, competing at his highest level will be over. Kobe has talked about playing overseas. It would be more of a marketing outreach venture and purely a profit driven thing. He could easily net 40-50 mil in China. How he might do in say China or Italy wouldn’t affect what he did with the Lakers. If he left for another NBA team, that would be a different story. But it would purely be a marketing thing.

  • Playing in China wouldn’t tarnish his legacy, playing for another NBA team would. Leaving for China would be more of a marketing maneuver than it would be a basketball decision.

  • Playing in China wouldn’t tarnish his legacy, playing for another NBA team would. Leaving for China would be more of a marketing maneuver than it would be a basketball decision.

  • Wouldn’t surprise me either considering the money he could get. Also the lower demand of those places he wouldn’t have to push himself as hard.

  • Wouldn’t surprise me either considering the money he could get. Also the lower demand of those places he wouldn’t have to push himself as hard.

  • Wouldn’t surprise me either considering the money he could get. Also the lower demand of those places he wouldn’t have to push himself as hard.

  • That’s Stupid….That’s like seeing MJ,Magic or any other Real Superstar playing overseas…Those Caliber of players do not play overseas…Ridiculous….Only way that happens is if they pay him $200,000,000 a year….

  • That’s Stupid….That’s like seeing MJ,Magic or any other Real Superstar playing overseas…Those Caliber of players do not play overseas…Ridiculous….Only way that happens is if they pay him $200,000,000 a year….

  • He should definitely stay for another 3 year contract if he stay healthy this year.. We’ll make a run by then

  • He should definitely stay for another 3 year contract if he stay healthy this year.. We’ll make a run by then

  • In China, it’s smart. With Kobe’s brand and the things he markets, he’d get an even higher commercial view over there. Whatever business ventures he can get into would further expand his portfolio by involving himself and his name there.

  • In China, it’s smart. With Kobe’s brand and the things he markets, he’d get an even higher commercial view over there. Whatever business ventures he can get into would further expand his portfolio by involving himself and his name there.

  • Starting think this is all Laker Front Office trying to to push him out using the Media

  • Starting think this is all Laker Front Office trying to to push him out using the Media

  • I don’t think we can, we need as much money as possible to bring in top tier talent. Unless Kobe is going to play for way less money (and I mean way) I don’t see LA retaining him after this year. Also I don’t like saying this, but I believe he is the reason LA has not been able to attract the next superstar.

  • I don’t think we can, we need as much money as possible to bring in top tier talent. Unless Kobe is going to play for way less money (and I mean way) I don’t see LA retaining him after this year. Also I don’t like saying this, but I believe he is the reason LA has not been able to attract the next superstar.

  • He doesn’t need to EXPAND his brand…..He’s already KNOWN….Once again…..Players like MJ, Kobe, Magic do not go play overseas….That’s for LESSER players.

  • He doesn’t need to EXPAND his brand…..He’s already KNOWN….Once again…..Players like MJ, Kobe, Magic do not go play overseas….That’s for LESSER players.

  • rick fox is a jerk! how much is Phil the loser with the knicks paying you to put out these lies fox, I had respect but now your nothing than a pathetic has-been loser pretty boy p.s.the last season 2004 you were garbage and non-existent!

  • rick fox is a jerk! how much is Phil the loser with the knicks paying you to put out these lies fox, I had respect but now your nothing than a pathetic has-been loser pretty boy p.s.the last season 2004 you were garbage and non-existent!

  • Lakers do not have to Push Kobe out…Just tell him….If he can still play…I see Phil possibly recruiting him to NY..
    Yeah there be a lot of fan backlash…possibly worse if the Lakers do not improve….Can lose a lot of that Fanbase to Clippers.Careful what you Ask For.

  • Lakers do not have to Push Kobe out…Just tell him….If he can still play…I see Phil possibly recruiting him to NY..
    Yeah there be a lot of fan backlash…possibly worse if the Lakers do not improve….Can lose a lot of that Fanbase to Clippers.Careful what you Ask For.

  • He still makes the Laker Front Office money. They won’t push him out until that changes or they can replace him….just like they did with Shaq.

  • He still makes the Laker Front Office money. They won’t push him out until that changes or they can replace him….just like they did with Shaq.

  • Don’t see Kobe settling for anything other than the NBA. I think Fox is just trying to add something to an old story.

  • Don’t see Kobe settling for anything other than the NBA. I think Fox is just trying to add something to an old story.

  • agreed rick sucks literally because he played horrible his last nba season, he is talking about kobes future and the team with this talk but yet he was one of the traders to bail on kobe after that pistons series!

  • agreed rick sucks literally because he played horrible his last nba season, he is talking about kobes future and the team with this talk but yet he was one of the traders to bail on kobe after that pistons series!

  • I think it will be Kobe’s decision not Rick Fox or Phil Jackson’s. I also think Kobe’s focus is making the most of this season one game at a time.

    And finally I like the way I think as opposed to allowing the media or someone else to do the thinking for me. And Kobe probably thinks for himself also.

    Let’s talk about next year next year.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • I think it will be Kobe’s decision not Rick Fox or Phil Jackson’s. I also think Kobe’s focus is making the most of this season one game at a time.

    And finally, I like the way I think as opposed to allowing the media or someone else to do the thinking for me. And Kobe probably does his own thinking also.

    Let’s talk about next year, next year.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • If he’s not playing in a Lakers uniform I don’t think he’s playing. Source? The video above.

  • If he’s not playing in a Lakers uniform I don’t think he’s playing. Source? The video above.

  • Thats the truth jay. I said that to a few friends as soon as steven a said that. Even if it was true.. Why say it now? He pissed of durant, so now we are off the list..

  • Thats the truth jay. I said that to a few friends as soon as steven a said that. Even if it was true.. Why say it now? He pissed of durant, so now we are off the list..

  • That or superstars of today don’t sign to play with losing or rebuilding teams. No most of today’s super stars want to sign on a team that is reloading not rebuilding. Or a team that is already stacked and a sure shot at making the playoffs.

    I personally think that is the reason the Lakers have not signed a free agent superstar. What player of today is willing to work hard and roll with the ups and downs of sticking with one team? They wanna win now !

    Kobe, Duncan, and Wade are the last of a dieing breed.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • That or superstars of today don’t sign to play with losing or rebuilding teams. No most of today’s super stars want to sign on a team that is reloading not rebuilding. Or a team that is already stacked and a sure shot at making the playoffs. When was the last year the Lakers were that team?

    I personally think that is the reason the Lakers have not signed a free agent superstar. What player of today is willing to work hard and roll with the ups and downs of sticking with a rebuilding team? They wanna win now !

    Kobe, Duncan, and Wade are the last of a dieing breed.

    If the Lakers have a good season and appear to be a contender after this season, or whenever that takes place, they will attract today’s so call super star player(s) Kobe or no Kobe IMO. Only a fool wouldn’t want to team up with the player with the most heart in the league and a proven champion.

    And only a fool believes every comment that is made in the media about great players or just every comment in general.

    Jae, I think you are far from a fool. So let’s see how this season goes as it will determine 90% of what happens next season IMO.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Kobe Bryant publicly states he will remain purple and gold for better or for worse as an immediate response to Mr Phil Jackson. Did’nt Rick Fox read or heard about it on papers.? Or maybe he wants Kobe to say it for the second time

  • Kobe Bryant publicly states he will remain purple and gold for better or for worse as an immediate response to Mr Phil Jackson. Did’nt Rick Fox read or heard about it on papers.? Or maybe he wants Kobe to say it for the second time

  • He may consider it but my guess is it would be a couple of years after he’s done playing in the NBA. I think how this season goes will determine what he does next season. If I had to go out on a limb I would say Kobe has the best year of any 20th season player in NBA history. And because of that he will sign a two or three year NBA deal to finish out his career hopefully with a ring or two.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • He may consider it but my guess is it would be a couple of years after he’s done playing in the NBA. I think how this season goes will determine what he does next season. If I had to go out on a limb I would say Kobe has the best year of any 20th season player in NBA history. And because of that he will sign a two or three year NBA deal to finish out his career hopefully with a ring or two.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

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