As one might expect, Kobe Bryant plans to play until the wheels fall all the way off.
Bean knows the end of his career is near — now dealing with a third consecutive season cut short due to injury — but he’s not yet ready to hang up his Nikes.
Bryant told NBA TV in an interview that aired Monday night that he’s hoping for a rebirth of sorts next season.
Per the LA Times:
“Everybody is wondering when is the end?” Ahmad Rashad asked Bryant during their one-hour interview session on NBA TV Monday night. […] “I wonder too,” Bryant responded during the show, billed as “Kobe: The Interview.” “I wonder too. When do you know?”
“When the end comes, I’m fine with that,” he said toward the end of the show. “I’m not afraid of change. I’m not afraid of evolving. I’m not afraid of it.”
During the interview, Bryant talked about how his post-surgery rehab was going and how he hopes to be ready for the Lakers’ training camp in September. […] “I can’t say it is the end,” Bryant said. “I thought the Spurs were done 20 years ago. Those guys are still winning. So, to answer the question, I can’t say this is the end of my era because I thought their [era] was done and they’re still there. So I’m hoping I can have the same rebirth.”