It’s not over for Kobe Bryant! The NBA champion was considering hanging up his basketball jersey after the 2015-16 NBA season, but Kobe is going nowhere. HollywoodLife.com has the EXCLUSIVE scoop why the Los Angeles Lakers icon wants to stay in the game.
Kobe Bryant, 37, is one of basketball’s living legends. With five NBA championships rings and 17 All-Star appearances, the Los Angeles Lakers star has accomplished so much in his career. And he’s not throwing in the towel! Despite Kobe “mulling” over retiring, HollywoodLife.com has EXCLUSIVELY learned that Kobe doesn’t want to walk away just yet.
2016 will mark Kobe’s 20th year in the NBA, and Kobe wants to celebrate not at home but out there on the court. “He has been mulling the retirement question for a while,” a source EXCLUSIVELY tells HollywoodLife.com, “but [his] intentions are to continue to play with the NBA.”
Wow! This is a turnaround from the reports that this would be Kobe’s last season. In fact, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said that Kobe told him “this is it.” However, the source said that Kobe wants to go out on top. “He doesn’t want to have his career end on such a sour note,” the insider tells HollywoodLife.com, adding that Kobe is not thrilled “with how this season is going so far.”
Well, Kobe does have a point. Right now, the Lakers are 2-12 after suffering a historic lost to the Golden State Warriors. While Kobe and his team are struggling, the Warriors are literally having the best season ever. Stephen Curry led the team to a 111- 77 win over Kobe and the Lakers on Nov. 24. This victory expanded the Warrior’s winning streak to 16-0 and that is the best start to a NBA season in the league’s history.
Kobe and the Lakers haven’t had that level of success since 2010, when he and the team last won the NBA championships. Kobe knows he’s not a rookie anymore and he told The Los Angeles Times in January that he’d be lying if he said he hadn’t considered retiring. “My body is hurting like crazy, around the clock, and if I don’t want to do this anymore, I won’t do it,” he added. It seems that Kobe still wants to do it, even if he’s not wearing the purple and yellow.
Yes, the 2015-16 season is the last year on Kobe’s 2-year, $48.5 million dollar deal. He has been a Laker since his debut in 1996, but if his team doesn’t want him, Kobe is willing to go elsewhere. “If the Lakers don’t try to resign him,” the source tells HollywoodLife.com, “he will sign with another team that is a contender.”
What do you think about Kobe staying in the game, HollywoodLifers? Do you think they Lakers will re-sign him?