Kobe Bryant is currently playing in his 20th season—all with the Lakers, an NBA record. For months, media and fans have speculated about whether his 20th will also be his last. And while Kobe has never officially said so, one way or the other, he’s finally hinted, at least, that this might be it. On Saturday in New York, Bryant told ESPN.com’s Baxter Holmes that if you asked him “today, this would be my last year.” Read the full quotes, in context:
With both knees wrapped in ice and his surgically repaired right shoulder in a cooling device, Kobe Bryant thought about what hurts most the morning after a game.
His feet. His back, too, the Los Angeles Lakers star said Saturday after practice at a local college here. And there are times, Bryant added, when he asks himself, “Do I really want to do this anymore?” But in the next moment, the 37-year-old says he is back at it again.
“If you asked me today, this would be my last year. But you never know,” said Bryant, who is in the final year of his deal with the Lakers. “We’ll keep it open. Whatever happens, happens.”
What do you think? Is this Kobe’s last season in the League?