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Kobe Bryant Says He’ll Retire After Two More Seasons

At 33-years-old, five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant is starting to think about the future and life after basketball. Even though Kobe is still performing at an extremely high level, the perennial All-Star knows it is only matter of time until his skills begin to decline.

The recent acquisition of two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash and a potential blockbuster trade to bring in Dwight Howard may be enough to convince Kobe to prolong his career and possibly sign another contract after his current deal expires. As of right now, Kobe has no intention of signing another deal with plans to retire.

With two years left on his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe is seriously considering calling it a career at 35 years-old after two more seasons after making that clear in an interview with Graham Bensinger via Yahoo Sports:

“That’s still probably accurate. When I’m 35 it will be my 18th year in the League, that’s a long time to be playing. That will be the last year of my contract… I’ don’t know. I’m not sure. I’ve seen so many players retiring and then they come back… I don’t want to be one of those guys but I’m sure they said it too.”

Some of the greatest players in NBA history haven’t been able to avoid the temptation of staying in the game longer than they should or making the decision to come out of retirement. Lakers legend Magic Johnson and arguably the greatest player to ever play the game in Michael Jordan both made the costly decision to stick around when they should’ve stayed retired.

As Kobe alluded to in the interview, he has no intention to make the same mistake that Magic and Jordan made in terms of returning or prolonging their careers. Even though Kobe is only 33 years-old, the one-time NBA MVP started his career at 17 years-old and has a lot miles on his legs in comparison to Magic or Jordan at the same age.

With that being said, Kobe will have played 19 years in the league once his contract with the Lakers expires. There’s no telling how dominant the Lakers will be over the next two years with Nash in the backcourt alongside Kobe, and Howard potentially in the paint. Even though the success of the Lakers in the last two years of his deal may extend his career, there’s no guarantee he won’t retire.

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  • Crystal

    It’ll be a sad day in basketball when he does retire..

  • Jack Wooden

    greatest players ever…1.  Kareem 2.Jordan 3.Bird 4.Hakeem 5.Wilt 6. Walton (when healthy) 7. Shaq (when Healthy) 8. Lebron 9.magic 10.Moses 11. Duncan 12. Durant 13. Kobe 14.Oscar 15.Dr.J

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1585622625 Thien Nguyen

      Durant shouldn’t even be in that convo let alone be ahead of Kobe…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=566599921 Paul Nicholas Vandermade

      You don’t know what you’re talking about.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003705262149 Darwin Gomez

      wthell .. seriously dude ??  lebron,durant,duncan … i dont see them scoring 81points and have 5rings ..

  • J-Culli

    Ugh man.. its gunna be so sad when this nigga retire… this one of the dudes who made me fall in love with Basketball.. he getting older.. we all are this is just a reminder.. FOLLOW ME Oon twitter everyone @JCULLI:twitter  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/H3OBHVXD33WQCUMHUJCV6UTIPY Dillo

    Kobe out the league at 35 I dont think so he’ll take less money and help pollish the younger guys in his later years I think

  • Dcap1292

    Going to be a sad, sad day for LA once Kobe retires. But then again, the Lakers are a franchise team and are/will always be a championship-caliber team. Who knows, we could probably see Durant in the purple and gold jersey or maybe even DWill once Kobe is done. Either way I will always bleed purple and gold no matter what.

  • john villamor

    i think kobe get another extension contract for L.A for the nash and howard came to lakers

  • john villamor

    im so sad when kobe retire after 2 more season

  • john villamor

    i think kobe retire at age 37-39 :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/janjan.villamor.9 Janjan Villamor

    theres a lot of chance for the lakers to had a championship this season 2012-2013

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