Kobe Bryant On Playing Past 2016: ‘If I Want To Play, I’ll...

Kobe Bryant On Playing Past 2016: ‘If I Want To Play, I’ll Play’

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Kobe Bryant has one more year left on his current contract, which will expire after the 2016 season. That will be his 20th in the NBA and many assume that Kobe will retire at the end of the deal.

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His play this year, however, has shown that Kobe still seems to have a lot left in the tank and would likely still be able to contribute to a team during that time. This has led to questions as to whether Kobe will play after 2016 and he said on Time Warner Cable SportsNet that if he wants to play, he will, according to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

As for his feelings right now, Kobe said he wouldn’t play according to Winters:

A lot of things can change by the time Kobe has to make the decision and it’s difficult to predict what will happen when that time does come. No one knows how Kobe’s body will respond this time next year, and that could have a major impact on his decision when that time comes.

For the time being, 2016 still looks to be the year that Kobe will hang it up. Regardless of whether he does or doesn’t, the Lakers will need to have his successor in place by that time.

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