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Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 11:35 pm  |  26 responses

Kobe Bryant Reportedly Wants to Play Two More Seasons


It’s pretty clear that Kobe Bryant has no real intention of retiring once his deal with the Los Angeles Lakers expires after the 2013-’14 campaign. Kobe, according to a report, has his eyes set on playing at least two more seasons with the goal being to win his sixth and seventh NBA championships. Per ESPN: “Bryant wants to be ‘back next season with a vengeance,’ the source said. And he wants ‘two more cracks at it to win seven NBA titles at least.’ In other words, it’s highly unlikely next season will be his last. Bryant and Derek Fisher lead all active players with five NBA titles, although the Spurs’ Tim Duncan could tie them if San Antonio beats the Miami Heat in this year’s Finals. Bryant has always publicly maintained that he will play only while he’s able to perform at an elite level. Next season is his final one under contract with the Lakers. A source with knowledge of the Lakers’ thinking said that the team was planning to open extension talks with Bryant as soon as it was allowed to under NBA rules, which ironically came right after he ruptured his Achilles in a game against Golden State on April 12. Both sides would love to see Bryant retire as a Laker, sources said. But the Achilles injury complicated the issue, especially the timing of talks about an extension. It would be difficult for the Lakers to bring Bryant back at his current salary of $30 million a year with the salary-cap restrictions in the new collective bargaining agreement. But the team is determined to treat Bryant well and with the respect befitting his contributions to the franchise during his career, the source said. Bryant is still in the early stages of recovery from his injury, but he is determined to return by the start of next season and be just as good as he was this season, when he averaged 27.3 points on 46.3 percent shooting, 6.0 assists and 5.6 rebounds a game, all higher than his career averages, at the age of 34.”

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  • JD

    There is no chance he’s going to be ready to start the season. I suffered this same injury in January and I still can’t even jog. I don’t have his doctors, trainers or drugs, but I highly doubt he will make it in time. I hope he can get back to playing at an elite level though. Go HEAT

  • Mack

    Kobe Bryant reportedly similar to Michael Jordan for a variety of reasons, including not being able to make up his mind about retirement.

  • melvo

    No thanks

  • OfftheWall87

    Appreciate him while he’s here. He’ll be missed when he retires.

  • rande3p

    Different recovery for pro-athletes not just because of doc/drugs but because they attack it at a whole higher level of intensity

  • Richard Narvaiza

    say that to howard. guy cant wait to see kobe leave and finally call the lakers “his”. after a few seasons of underachieving he’ll yet again take his god given, under utilized and often taken for granted talents elsewhere! trade howard now for griffin and the other pointguard the clippers have, thst should extend kobes career another 2 years!

  • Max

    Kobe seems to be able to walk comfortably allready.

  • shutup

    ehhh, not really. Great, no doubt, but it’s painful to watch his type of basketball.

  • ZOGS

    “HIS TYPE OF BASKETBALL”….SHUTUP!

    …YOU PROBABLY WERE A IVERSON HATER TOO SMH

  • W3

    the guys a beast he could play 20 more seasons

  • spit hot fiyah

    never underestimate phd

  • shockexchange

    That’s PR. If Horry Jr doesn’t have “exceptionally more talent than the rest of the L” to play with, he’ll quit my mid-season.

  • monster_nw8

    Your stupid.

  • KingBenjamin

    That’s because you’re an average human, Kobe Bryant isn’t, he’s a physical specimen compared to you. Kobe Bryant will be ready for the start of next season.

  • shutup

    No I loved Iverson’s style of play, he didn’t have the tools Kobe does. Kobe has the ability to be so much more then he has been; his entire career. I’m sorry if I appreciate good “team” basketball. Iverson also never had the same type of players Kobe has had around him his entire career, Shaq, Bynum, Pau and now Howard and still except for a handful of games this year, he won’t concede and put team above self. Obviously he has the ability and talent, he just never had the will or desire to defer to anyone.

  • shutup

    cool story bro……

  • shutup

    no homo….we’ll maybe just a lil bit; with all that specimen talk.

  • Lloyd

    I’m a beer drinker so clarify something for me..does Vino have an expiry date? I think Kobe is trying to prove it does.

  • uqk

    he just wants to pass Kareem in scoring list….

  • Bithe4183

    No I loved Iverson’s style of
    play, he didn’t have the tools Kobe does. Kobe has the ability to be so
    much more then he has been; his entire career. I’m sorry if I appreciate
    good “team” basketball. Iverson also never had the same type of players
    Kobe has had around him his entire career, Shaq, Bynum, Pau and now
    Howard and still except for a handful of games this year, he won’t
    concede and put team above self. Obviously he has the ability and
    talent, he just never had the will or desire to defer to anyone.

  • Saleem Rainman

    this was just stupid.

  • shutup

    So you’re a fan of selfish basketball and paper heroes. I could see why you think it’s stupid, complex thoughts and longing for a deeper style of play aren’t for everyone.

  • Saleem Rainman

    Im not even a super fan of his, but i have mad respect for what he’s done in his career, to say that crap about him is complete nonsense… I’m a Steve Nash fan, so u know what kind of players i like to cheer for, so dont even go there.

  • shutup

    I gave respect by saying he was great. His work ethic is legendary but his sportsmanship and commitment to team are disgusting. What are you a 14 year old girl? with your hand on your hip, neck going side to side saying “Don’t go there booboo!!!!”

  • Saleem Rainman

    dafuq? shut ur legs. lol.

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