TWITTER: Reggie Miller Believes This Is ‘Definitely’ Kobe Bryant’s Last Season
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The Los Angeles Lakers are only a few weeks into the 2015-16 NBA season with all the attention surrounding the future of superstar Kobe Bryant. The veteran is playing in his 20th season with the storied franchise, and all indications appear to be pointing to this being his last year.

With Kobe struggling to reclaim his form as one of the best players in the NBA, the questions regarding retirement has run rampant. While Kobe will not make a decision until the end of the season, former players and teammates have chimed in.

According to TNT’s Reggie Miller, he believes there’s no question that this truly is Kobe’s final season with the Lakers:

At 37, Bryant came into this season having suffered three straight season-ending injuries with many wondering if he’d be able to make it through his 20th season injury free.

So far, Kobe has appeared in seven of the nine games this season. Bryant sat out against the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic due to rest, but aims to play as many games as possible moving forward.

Head coach Byron Scott will continue to monitor Bryant’s minutes over the course of the season in hopes of keeping him healthy in what could be his farewell tour. Whether Kobe’s basketball career will come to an end after the season remains a mystery, but if he can stay healthy and get back to playing at a high level, extending his playing days for another year isn’t out of the question.

I was hoping ringless player hater Reggie Miller would stop commenting on the team in general but I guess its too much to ask.

  • I was hoping ringless player hater Reggie Miller would stop commenting on the team in general but I guess its too much to ask.

  • Ryan Ward, why even bring up that question?

    Why even “repeat”, on LN, a Sever, Kobe Hater, like RM?

    I have watched some old games, where Kobe absolutely “tore-Up” RM. If Kobe destroyed Me, My team, our Dreams like Kobe did to RM, I wouldn’t expect anything less from a Hater / Jealous RM. lmao, smh, lol

    I know Kobe will play, until Kobe feels, otherwise – year after year, till 2019:)

  • Ryan Ward, why even bring up that question?

    Why even “repeat”, on LN, a Sever, Kobe Hater, like RM?

    I have watched some old games, where Kobe absolutely “tore-Up” RM. If Kobe destroyed Me, My team, our Dreams like Kobe did to RM, I wouldn’t expect anything less from a Hater / Jealous RM. lmao, smh, lol

    I know Kobe will play, until Kobe feels, otherwise – year after year, till 2019:)

  • And yet the team plays better without him or when he is fully rested (meaning Kobe should be playing only one out of three games).

  • And yet the team plays better without him or when he is fully rested (meaning Kobe should be playing only one out of three games).

  • Kobe if healthy this whole season might play his 21st season next year and…..

    Kobe,TD,KG and Dirk will all retire the same year next year what an emotional season

  • Kobe if healthy this whole season might play his 21st season next year and…..

    Kobe,TD,KG and Dirk will all retire the same year next year what an emotional season

  • As much I would hate to say this but this will be Kobes last year and if he plays for team USA in the olympics but I mean earn it, then so be it. That would be a way to go feeling like a winner and with his peers that he has seen grow into superstars.

  • As much I would hate to say this but this will be Kobes last year and if he plays for team USA in the olympics but I mean earn it, then so be it. That would be a way to go feeling like a winner and with his peers that he has seen grow into superstars.

  • Why does everything said that’s not absolute Kobe glorification gots to be hating?!?

    Sad how paranoid and sensitive some are.

  • Why does everything said that’s not absolute Kobe glorification gots to be hating?!?

    Sad how paranoid and sensitive some are.

  • Rubio might be on trade block soon. Zach Lavine is playing very good without him! So as Peko (will be great if we can grab him)

  • Rubio might be on trade block soon. Zach Lavine is playing very good without him! So as Peko (will be great if we can grab him)

  • C’mon people, RM isn’t a Kobe/Laker hater. He repeatedly said last season that he could see Kobe playing more seasons given how well he’s taken care of his body combined with his skill.

    He’s changing his stance based on what Kobe’s done and said this season.

  • C’mon people, RM isn’t a Kobe/Laker hater. He repeatedly said last season that he could see Kobe playing more seasons given how well he’s taken care of his body combined with his skill.

    He’s changing his stance based on what Kobe’s done and said this season.

  • I feel old. All four of those players I’ve got to watch start to finish (and I’m older than them all while also having had the privilege of watching Magic, Worthy and Scott start to finish as well). So, as a Lakers fan, I blessed to have seen so much. But age-wise? It’s a little depressing. lol.

    Back on topic: it’s going to be a sad day in basketball when those guys retire, particularly Duncan and Dirk (Kobe goes without saying). End of an era for sure. I’ll always watch basketball, it’s my love after all, but I don’t have the same connection to the newer players (yet) that i do with the players and teams I grew up with. I’m hoping i don’t end up going back to how it was when I was a preteen where I watched pretty much only my team.

  • I feel old. All four of those players I’ve got to watch start to finish (and I’m older than them all while also having had the privilege of watching Magic, Worthy and Scott start to finish as well). So, as a Lakers fan, I blessed to have seen so much. But age-wise? It’s a little depressing. lol.

    Back on topic: it’s going to be a sad day in basketball when those guys retire, particularly Duncan and Dirk (Kobe goes without saying). End of an era for sure. I’ll always watch basketball, it’s my love after all, but I don’t have the same connection to the newer players (yet) that i do with the players and teams I grew up with. I’m hoping i don’t end up going back to how it was when I was a preteen where I watched pretty much only my team.

  • You got that one RIGHT, I never understood that my self, some don’t want to hear the truth, so they attack not knowing the reasons.

  • You got that one RIGHT, I never understood that my self, some don’t want to hear the truth, so they attack not knowing the reasons.

  • Big Game James, doing Commentary at the games now ! is he trying to get closer to Coaches bench?

  • Big Game James, doing Commentary at the games now ! is he trying to get closer to Coaches bench?

  • I honestly hope this is Kobes last year. He looks terrible out there. It’s sad to see a superstar become a role player

  • I honestly hope this is Kobes last year. He looks terrible out there. It’s sad to see a superstar become a role player

  • Yah except now he is sitting out games so I don’t know about it atm. Too early to comment really.

  • Yah except now he is sitting out games so I don’t know about it atm. Too early to comment really.

  • Can’t get mad at Reggie for speaking the truth and there’s no shame in losing to MJ and then Kobe & Shaq. And let’s be honest we haven’t “been there” in a while so try to stay humble before we end up like the Cowboys and Yankees

  • Can’t get mad at Reggie for speaking the truth and there’s no shame in losing to MJ and then Kobe & Shaq. And let’s be honest we haven’t “been there” in a while so try to stay humble before we end up like the Cowboys and Yankees

  • He’s been doing commentary if you had the league pass you would see him a lot more.

  • He’s been doing commentary if you had the league pass you would see him a lot more.

  • I agree with your statement, but I will say that it appears that other NBA stars seem to be rooting for Kobe to succeed this year more than Lakers fans are….at least the ones on message boards like this. At this point, every Lakers fan should simply be rooting for Kobe and not critiquing him. Did you notice how it seemed like the whole arena erupted last night when he hit that 3? It’s time to just enjoy Kobe Bryant because soon he will be gone.

  • I agree with your statement, but I will say that it appears that other NBA stars seem to be rooting for Kobe to succeed this year more than Lakers fans are….at least the ones on message boards like this. At this point, every Lakers fan should simply be rooting for Kobe and not critiquing him. Did you notice how it seemed like the whole arena erupted last night when he hit that 3? It’s time to just enjoy Kobe Bryant because soon he will be gone.

  • I don’t think it would be bad if he didn’t earn it. Did Larry Bird or Magic Johnson earn their places on the Dream Team? They were put on their because of their career accomplishments…not recent performances. I believe Kobe will be on both the All-Star team and Olympic team in 2016 as a reward for his career. Sometimes it’s okay to do things like that.

  • I don’t think it would be bad if he didn’t earn it. Did Larry Bird or Magic Johnson earn their places on the Dream Team? They were put on their because of their career accomplishments…not recent performances. I believe Kobe will be on both the All-Star team and Olympic team in 2016 as a reward for his career. Sometimes it’s okay to do things like that.

  • I can’t agree with your take. To each they own in fandom. I do root for Kobe and have been amaxed at his career, but the team comes first with me. This is a forum where fans talk about the state of the team and it’s players. Every other similar fan site of different teams you go to will have the same type of differing discourse. When I’m at an actual game, I’m in full force blind faith fanatical mode. I reserve my Rah, Rah… GO LAKERS mindset for that stage. Forums like this are time for barbershop talk, which involves real talk.

  • I can’t agree with your take. To each they own in fandom. I do root for Kobe and have been amazed at his career, but what’s best for the team always comes first with me. This is a forum where fans talk about the state of the team and it’s players. Every other similar fan site of different teams you go to will have the same type of differing discourse. When I’m at an actual game, I’m in full force blind faith fanatical mode. I reserve my Rah, Rah… GO LAKERS mindset for that stage. Forums like this are time for barbershop talk, which involves real talk.

  • Bird and Magic were on the very first dream team. It was but a concept at the time and needed big name recognition in order sell the idea to both the fans and other top players as yhey were not willing to jump on board. We are long past that now and Kobe’s situation is not comparable to Bird and Magic’s.

    BTW, Bird was still performing at all-star level in 91-92. Magic was still in his prime and only out of the game due to HIV.

  • Bird and Magic were on the very first dream team. It was but a concept at the time and needed big name recognition in order sell the idea to both the fans and other top players as they were not willing to jump on board. We are long past that now and Kobe’s situation is not comparable to Bird and Magic’s.

    BTW, Bird was still performing at all-star level in 91-92. Magic was still in his prime and only out of the game due to HIV.

  • There were better players in the league when they were placed on the team.

  • There were better players in the league when they were placed on the team.

  • I didn’t ask you to agree. Of course everybody is entitled to their opinion. I was simply pointing out the fact that even NBA players are rooting for Kobe this year and yet some fans are not.

  • I didn’t ask you to agree. Of course everybody is entitled to their opinion. I was simply pointing out the fact that even NBA players are rooting for Kobe this year and yet some fans are not.

  • Name one outside of Isaiah Thomas who was blackballed. And again it was a completely different dynamic as the first NBA all stars to play in the Olympics.

  • Name one outside of Isaiah Thomas who was blackballed. And again it was a completely different dynamic as the first NBA all stars to play in the Olympics.

  • Of course his peers are, so are fans. You also tried to take away the right to have an opinion by stating fans should only root for Kobe on this site.

  • Of course his peers are, so are fans. You also tried to take away the right to have an opinion by stating fans should only root for Kobe on this site.

  • That fact that it was a different dynamic only further proves my point. My point was that if the Olympic committee chooses to select Kobe in large or small part out of a desire to reward him for his career in the game, it would be justified and okay because it wouldn’t be the first time it has been done.

    If you look at the roster for the 1992 team, there are a few players that could have easily been selected ahead of a few that were chosen based on current performance.

  • That fact that it was a different dynamic only further proves my point. My point was that if the Olympic committee chooses to select Kobe in large or small part out of a desire to reward him for his career in the game, it would be justified and okay because it wouldn’t be the first time it has been done.

    If you look at the roster for the 1992 team, there are a few players that could have easily been selected ahead of a few that were chosen based on current performance.

  • No…I didn’t take away anything. I simply pointed out that to me it doesn’t look good that they aren’t. It’s like a neighbor helping your child ride his bike while you sit on the porch yelling at him every time he falls. You would think that as the parent, you would be the one providing the encouragement and support, not the neighbor.

  • No…I didn’t take away anything. I simply pointed out that to me it doesn’t look good that they aren’t. It’s like a neighbor helping your child ride his bike while you sit on the porch yelling at him every time he falls. You would think that as the parent, you would be the one providing the encouragement and support, not the neighbor.

  • Kobe is a grown azz man and we are not his parents, so that analogy is way off base. Again, you ignore the live fan support I mentioned? You also ignore the very purpose of this site which is to encourage fan to voice their varied opinions on daily topics.

  • Kobe is a grown azz man and we are not his parents, so that analogy is way off base. Again, you ignore the live fan support I mentioned? You also ignore the very purpose of this site which is to encourage fan to voice their varied opinions on daily topics.

  • You still haven’t named one? The different dynamic proves it’s not comparable. The world has almost caught up to USA basketball and lifetime achievement spots are not optimal. And again, Bird was playing at all-star level in 91-92. Magic was still in his prime so your point is invalid anyway you cut it.

  • You still haven’t named one? The different dynamic proves it’s not comparable. The world has almost caught up to USA basketball and lifetime achievement spots are not optimal. And again, Bird was playing at all-star level in 91-92. Magic was still in his prime so your point is invalid anyway you cut it.

  • First off, you totally missed the point of the analogy which is that those in the house should be the first ones to support someone else in the house.

    Second, I understand very well what the purpose of this board and others is. I’m not trying to take away anybody’s right to free speech. I’m just pointing out that I BELIEVE it would be great if that free speech actually was rooting for Kobe. Clearly it isn’t…that doesn’t mean I can’t believe that it would be great if it did.

  • First off, you totally missed the point of the analogy which is that those in the house should be the first ones to support someone else in the house.

    Second, I understand very well what the purpose of this board and others is. I’m not trying to take away anybody’s right to free speech. I’m just pointing out that I BELIEVE it would be great if that free speech actually was rooting for Kobe. Clearly it isn’t…that doesn’t mean I can’t believe that it would be great if it did.

  • It would be incredibly boring if most were just here to sing praises of a player. Again, we have the live experience for that. I doubt Kobe reads LN fan comments. The live support is what’s great.

  • It would be incredibly boring if most were just here to sing praises of a player. Again, we have the live experience for that. I doubt Kobe reads LN fan comments. The live support is what’s great… that’s the in-house support.

  • Dominique Wilkins, Reggie Miller, James Worthy, and Tim Hardaway are just four players that could have very well made the team based on their stats in the 1991-1992 season…all of which were more impressive than Larry Bird’s that season. Plus, Larry had just played 45 games because he was dealing with back problems, which plagued him during the Olympics as well. Magic hadn’t played a whole season and was technically considered retired. He should not have been able to play simply because of that. They selected him anyway.

  • Dominique Wilkins, Reggie Miller, James Worthy, and Tim Hardaway are just four players that could have very well made the team based on their stats in the 1991-1992 season…all of which were more impressive than Larry Bird’s that season. Plus, Larry had just played 45 games because he was dealing with back problems, which plagued him during the Olympics as well. Magic hadn’t played a whole season and was technically considered retired. He should not have been able to play simply because of that. They selected him anyway.

  • There you go exaggerating what I said. I didn’t say that everybody should be singing Kobe’s praises. However, would it hurt to actually take a break from criticizing him? And again, I have never indicated that i even remotely think Kobe cares what us on here are talking about. That isn’t the point. The point is, why criticize a guy that is going to be leaving anyway at the end of the season?

  • There you go exaggerating what I said. I didn’t say that everybody should be singing Kobe’s praises. However, would it hurt to actually take a break from criticizing him? And again, I have never indicated that i even remotely think Kobe cares what us on here are talking about. That isn’t the point. The point is, why criticize a guy that is going to be leaving anyway at the end of the season?

  • You take Bird and Magic off that team for any of those guys it’s not the greatest basketball team ever assembled, not worthy of the dream label, the end.

  • You take Bird and Magic off that team for any of those guys it’s not the greatest basketball team ever assembled, not worthy of the dream label, the end.

  • See…that’s why I almost didn’t send my post because I knew that would be your response which is totally wrong. If you look at the stats, Bird was below Dominique in all comparable stats. Magic had missed the whole season and was technically no longer an NBA player.

    Here’s the thing, I am VERY GLAD that both were on the team but that doesn’t mean that i don’t believe that there were other guys more deserving CURRENTLY.

  • See…that’s why I almost didn’t send my post because I knew that would be your response which is totally wrong. If you look at the stats, Bird was below Dominique in all comparable stats. Magic had missed the whole season and was technically no longer an NBA player.

    Here’s the thing, I am VERY GLAD that both were on the team but that doesn’t mean that i don’t believe that there were other guys more deserving CURRENTLY.

  • “At this point, every Lakers fan should simply be rooting for Kobe and not critiquing him”

    Exaggeration, really?

  • “At this point, every Lakers fan should simply be rooting for Kobe and not critiquing him”

    Exaggeration, really?

  • Yes….that is not the same as saying everybody coming in here praising Kobe. You know there is some room between criticism and praise….how about not saying anything for a little while about the guy…good or bad?

  • Yes….that is not the same as saying everybody coming in here praising Kobe. You know there is some room between criticism and praise….how about not saying anything for a little while about the guy…good or bad?

  • I agree…that still doesn’t mean that their career achievement didn’t play a factor in them getting the bid over those other guys. This wasn’t the 12 greatest players team…it was an Olympic team that was labeled as the Dream Team AFTER it was assembled.

  • I agree…that still doesn’t mean that their career achievement didn’t play a factor in them getting the bid over those other guys. This wasn’t the 12 greatest players team…it was an Olympic team that was labeled as the Dream Team AFTER it was assembled.

  • That sentence is self explanatory.

    Now you’re advocating folks be on mute when these articles are asking for opinions?!?

    Boxing youself in deeper and deeper.

  • That sentence is self explanatory.

    Now you’re advocating folks be on mute when these articles are asking for opinions?!?

    Boxing youself in deeper and deeper.

  • Nope…you are attempting to box me in. I hold to my original point which is outside folks are rooting for Kobe right now more than Lakers Fans on sites such as this one. I have a problem with that.

  • Nope…you are attempting to box me in. I hold to my original point which is outside folks are rooting for Kobe right now more than Lakers Fans on sites such as this one. I have a problem with that.

  • LOL…that was really your response? Okay…thank for playing our game!

  • LOL…that was really your response? Okay…thank for playing our game!

  • Check the stats between Nique and Bird again??. Bird was more proficient shooting as usual, grabbed more rebounds and had higher assists per gsme. The only thing Nique did brtter than Bird that season is score more PPG. That was due to team needs and differing roles. Bird even played more games than Nique that season as that was the Achilles injury season for Nique. Next…

  • Check the stats between Nique and Bird again??. Bird was more proficient shooting as usual, grabbed more rebounds and had higher assists per gsme. The only thing Nique did brtter than Bird that season is score more PPG. That was due to team needs and differing roles. Bird even played more games than Nique that season as that was the Achilles injury season for Nique. Next…

  • Probably because some want Kobe to retire and some don’t. And the one’s that want him to retire are hating on him plain and simple. At least that is the perception I’m getting. I think many others are too. It has absolutely nothing to do with being paranoid because who is afraid or has a mental dis order? And most are not commenting and wanting any Kobe glorification from those who obviously have seen enough of him or just have never liked him. It’s just those who are always pointing out a negative in the man and ignoring the positives he has done and continues to do. Momma once said if you don’t have anything nice to say keep your mouth closed or people will think your hating again.

    And sensitive can be the perception the other side gets when they rightfully defend arguably one of the greatest Lakers and NBA players ever in what could be their last season or last 3 or 4 seasons LOL…………. Go Kobe ! Go Lakers ! Cheers to the young and veteran players not just the young or just the veteran players but the whole “team”

    Go out there and win one for Kobe tonight “team”.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Probably because some want Kobe to retire and some don’t. And many of the one’s that want him to retire are hating on him plain and simple. At least that is the perception I’m getting. I think many others are too. It has absolutely nothing to do with being paranoid because who is afraid or has a mental dis order? And most are not commenting and wanting any Kobe glorification from those who obviously have seen enough of him or just have never liked him.There are haters out there. Only a fool would believe everyone likes him. It’s just some who are always pointing out a negative in the man and ignoring the positives he has done and continues to do.

    Momma once said if you don’t have anything nice to say keep your mouth closed or people will think your hating again.

    And sensitive can be the perception the other side gets when they rightfully defend arguably one of the greatest Lakers and NBA players ever in what could be his last season? Or last 3 or 4 seasons LOL…………. Everyone is free to voice their own perceptions and opinions. These are my opinions based on the experiences I’ve had and perceptions I have formed as a result.

    So those who dislike Kobe, or think he is done or should retire, go ahead and feel that way it’s your choice.

    But there are millions of others who will support him whether they feel that he is done or believe he has a few more years. We have that choice too.

    Go Kobe ! Go Lakers ! Cheers to the young and veteran players not just the young or just the veteran players but the whole “team”

    Go out there and win one for Kobe tonight “team”.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • For those who want Kobe to retire they hope Reggie Miller is right. For those who want to see Kobe keep exceeding expectations and feel he is still the best Laker on the team they would prefer Reggie to be wrong. Both are entitled to their opinions.

    Hopefully Kobe and the Lakers all have a great season. Tell me what is wrong with hoping someone does well? No matter who that some one is older or younger?
    Everyone doesn’t like to forecast doom and gloom. That is probably why there are two sides.

    Funny when Kobe has an off game it’s because he is old. Or if his back bothers him he’s old. Yet Dwight Howard, Derek Rose, Klay Thompson and others have had recent back issues. Steph Curry perhaps the best shooter in the history of the game who was able to work hard throughout the off season to already be in high level playing condition. Steph didn’t have a layoff and need additional time to round back into shape. But he had a couple of games this season where he didn’t shoot the ball Steph like. It happens to every player, especially if they have had significant time off. This season will determine what Kobe does next year not Reggie Miller or anyone else. And this season is “far” from over. Go Kobe !

    Go Lakers ! Win one for Kobe tonight !

    Paytc

  • For those who want Kobe to retire they hope Reggie Miller is right. For those who want to see Kobe keep exceeding expectations and feel he is still the best Laker on the team they would prefer Reggie to be wrong. Both are entitled to their opinions.

    Hopefully Kobe and the Lakers all have a great season. Tell me what is wrong with hoping someone does well? No matter who that some one is older or younger?
    Everyone doesn’t like to forecast doom and gloom. Some do. That is probably why there are two sides.

    Funny when Kobe has an off game it’s because he is old. Or if his back bothers him, he’s old. Yet Dwight Howard, Derek Rose, Klay Thompson and others have had recent shooting slumps and back issues. Steph Curry (perhaps the best shooter in the history of the game) was able to work hard throughout the off season to already be in high level playing condition. Steph didn’t have a layoff and need additional time to round back into shape. And he didn’t come back to a struggling and new team. But he’s had a couple of games this season where he didn’t shoot the ball Steph like. It happens to every player, especially if they have had significant time off and have to try to carry a team upon return. Sure Kobe has had some early season struggles. But I, and many others to include Kobe, believe he is far from done.

    You can love it or hate it, but this season will determine what Kobe does next year not Reggie Miller or anyone else.

    And this season is “far” from over. Anything can happen (good and not so good). I appreciate all the sacrifices for the “team” Kobe has made for 20 years. So I wish him nothing but the best in his last few seasons. Go Kobe !

    Go Lakers ! Win one for Kobe tonight !

    Paytc

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