Kobe Bryant Can’t Imagine Playing Beyond Next Season

Barring a miracle, the Los Angeles Lakers are going to be really bad for final years of Kobe Bryant’s career.

They finally won a game this season Sunday night, and Bryant re-iterated his willingness to stick through the tough times in Hollywood.

36-year old Kobe, despite what some in the front-office may wish, says he can’t fathom playing past his current $48 million deal (which expires in July, 2016.)

Per USA Today:

“It’s not going to happen,” Bryant said when asked if the temptation to change teams might still grow from here. “It’s not going to happen. You go through the good times, you’ve got to go through the bad times.”


“It’s not going to happen,” he continued after finishing with 21 points, six rebounds and four assists against the Hornets,. “I have a no-trade clause. (Lakers governor) Jeanie (Buss) and (Lakers executive vice president of basketball operations) Jimmie (Buss) aren’t sending me anywhere.”


“Nah, not really,” he said with a grin and a shake of the head when asked if he can envision playing beyond his current contract. “But I’m so loyal to this organization, there’s not a chance (of him leaving)…I’ve been really fortunate to win a lot of games here, a lot of championships here. You can’t (expletive) with (that).”