In one of the most trying seasons of his career, Kobe Bryant has openly discussed retirement and has reiterated that it is realistic that he would hang it up after his current contract expires, which is at the end of next season.
This was before the season-ending Achilles tendon rupture on April 12, 2013.
While looking at the scar on his Achilles during an interview in Brazil, Bryant talked about his recovery so far and might have possibly reconsidered his retirement plans. Courtesy of KB824Legend (h/t Los Angeles Times), Kobe stated:
“I can easily see myself playing another three or four years.”
Although Bryant just recently declared his return as ‘The Last Chapter’ on Twitter, it seems that consulting with David Beckham about his Achilles tear in 2010 has Kobe encouraged about the future.
It’s potentially great news for all sport fans around the globe, but we all need to be cautiously optimistic. There’s absolutely no question that Bryant will return and is capable of playing at a high-level for a couple more years, but there is a difference between Kobe seeing himself play and actually wanting to play.
With so much uncertainty heading into this off-season, there is great divide on how this injury impacts Bryant’s career. Some feel that this upcoming season will be his last, while others believe that this is the challenge that will extend his career.
I’m sure that even Bryant, at this point, is uncertain about his future. We’ve all seen or read about him retiring next season, averaging 20 points and 10 assists the rest of his career, or playing a couple more seasons in pursuit of his sixth and seventh championship.
‘The Last Chapter’ is open to interpretation, so we’ll just all have to wait and see what Bryant does.
Regardless of what happens, we all want to see Kobe Bryant finish his career at the top of the mountain — whether it’s this upcoming season or in a couple more seasons.
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