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NBA GM Believes Kobe Bryant Will Struggle With Retirement

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Once the 2015-16 NBA season comes to a close, Kobe Bryant will have a very difficult decision to make. Kobe’s contract with the Los Angeles Lakers will have expired, unless another extension is agreed to prior to the end of the season, and he’ll have to decide if he wants to continue playing or call it a career.

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The consensus right now is that Kobe will announce his retirement. The superstar will be 38 with 20 NBA seasons of wear and tear on his body. Although all signs point to Kobe walking way from the game, the five-time NBA champion hasn’t ruled out the possibility of extending his career a little longer.

If Kobe ultimately retires, one NBA GM believes he’ll have a tough time adjusting to life without basketball. Following quote from an unnamed general manager in the league was mentioned in Chris Ballard’s Sports Illustrated piece on Kobe:

“You know how it’s been hard for Jordan in retirement?” says one GM. “It’s going to be way worse to be Kobe. At least MJ likes to golf and play cards.”

No matter what other hobbies professional athletes of Kobe’s caliber have off the court, field or diamond, retirement is never easy. Kobe will have played 20 years on the professional level living and breathing basketball for more than half of his life.

That’s going to be extremely difficult for Kobe to walk away from, but he is preparing for life after basketball in the same fashion as Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. Bryant continues to prove that he’s a savvy business man and has a potentially bright future with Kobe Inc. and other business ventures.

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Much like Magic and Jordan, Kobe may ultimately feel the itch to own a professional sports franchise in the future. Although Jordan has struggled during his time owning the Charlotte Hornets, it appears the NBA legend is starting things around while Magic has had nothing but success with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

With two years left on his deal with the Lakers, it may be too early to speculate what the future Hall of Famer will do once his playing days are behind him. Regardless of his intentions after basketball, leaving the game behind will likely be the difficult thing Kobe has ever had to do.

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  • Tina Moran

    …but I’m sure his kids will be very happy.

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  • Dragon

    I guess you can easily be bored with all that money and dunno what else to do with your life.

    • westerlywind

      My father retired after working for 30 years and full pension. After about a year of doing all that traveling and sitting back that he retired for he ended up going to school to get a teaching job in the same industry. Retirement looks like heaven to most of us working stiffs but it actually seems pretty boring.

    • Michael Beam Bryant

      u are right. nothing to do after retirement and with a ton of cash. unless he wants to go full yolo mode which i dont think mamba is like that.

  • LakersLifer

    What this tells you is that Kobe loves basketball so much, its hard to see him turning onto anything else once he retires.

  • Truth B Told

    Kobe has options….He’s already picking the minds of Oprah, Magic and others……..If he gets bored….Go and count your money until you fall asleep

  • James Alverad

    I hope that Kobe Bryant do not retire after his 2 year contract expire, hope that he plays 2 more years after that and hope that he breaks the all time scoring record and I really hope that he could win another NBA final. If he does come back after his contract exp he will give the Lakers discount on his new contract perhaps around 5mil per yr or less.

    • stucktrader

      Just have him sign LAST… then no problem… get the stud Free Agents to come… and Kobe would be bonus…

  • Toliveanddieinla

    Kobe even said it’d be hard for him. So this GM is just an attention slut

    • westerlywind

      Yeah. Too bad this GM was too stupid to make sure everyone knew what his name is.

    • LAKERSRUNLA

      He is an attention slut because LN decided to make this an article.

  • abe1983

    I too hope Kobe extends another 2 years. I’ve been watching this guy ball since I was in 8th grade and i’m dreading his retirement. What a ride it’s been though. He’s the best.

    • Michael Beam Bryant

      i hope he retires, that greedy bastard f*** all lakers cap flexibility. mitch should be fired too for giving such contract.

  • Jay Brodes

    i say he does some studio time with jalen and maybe a movie or 2..just my hunch..he is not one to sit around and do nothing!

  • sky

    need 2 retire after this year & jus spend more time wit da fam

  • Issy Wise

    It won’t be such a difficult decision. History says he’s done. Even assuming the best reasonably foreseeable season for him. he can’t lift a team his contract and personality crippled.

    • Kishan

      history is there to be broken mate!!! don’t always rely on history……

      • Issy Wise

        Yes, and Kobe would seem to be one who might overcome the natural process of aging. However, he can’t fix his contract or his vanity that drives away an decenteammates. He can be great, but the team is going to suck this year and maybe for a very long time.
        If I were you, I’d switch alliances to the Clippers. That way you could see compitive basketball.

        • New power house

          Kareem did it and some others. He is not even close to the level of how Mamba takes care of himself. Kobe will play better than many young “stars” even on one leg. His salary is justified,becAuse he produces way more by just sitting on the bench. Do not cry wolf fake laker fans!

          • Issy Wise

            ” His salary is justified,becAuse he produces way more by just sitting on the bench.”

            A little hero worship there? How old are you?

            If your rule is taken as valid then Kobe could be replaced by any current resident of a nursing home.

            “It wasn’t rape. It was just hard sex.”

            It is none thing to pick deplorable heroes, it is another to attribute magical powers to them.

          • cree

            you should quit talking idiot

          • Issy Wise

            OK, I will, but I will also leave you with a repeat of the Kobe Creed, “It wasn’t rape. It was just hard sex………that was reported as rape.”

        • Kishan

          IM Not a Bandwagon!!!!!!
          i aint jumping anywhere
          Lakers 4 life

        • hookedonnews

          No Lakers fan is going to switch to the Clippers.

  • Jeff Wilson

    He will be an awesome coach.

    • Michael Beam Bryant

      no he wont. mamba got no patient for anybody, thats why he would rather shoot the ball than have ball moments.

      • LAKERSRUNLA

        You are an idiot. Not only for your horrid opinion, but also because you can’t speak english.

  • ihatedummies

    He is truly one of the greatest that ever played the game!!!

  • G

    he’s the mamba

  • KB24

    DANNY AINGE!!!

  • JustAnAverageJoe

    I’d like to see a a message between Kobe and Shaq, later on reconciling themselves.

  • westerlywind

    I remember BEFORE Kobe was drafted and how he was just another shoot heavy punk kid. 20 years? Jesus Christ I’m old.

  • Michael Beam Bryant

    he will just rape more white girls

    • rob

      including ur mother and sister

      • Michael Beam Bryant

        they are not white, sorry.

      • Michael Beam Bryant

        im sure given the chance, he will rape ur mother, sister, or even daughter if u have one.

        • vdogg

          lol. no true rape victim brags about having had sex with their alleged rapist.. it just doesn’t happen.

  • BigSeannY

    Kobe will be fine,he may own half of the Lakers.

  • tukmol

    so what??? if I’m getting paid $20M a year who cares… it’s more than $1M a month for two years!!!!

  • markjsunz

    People struggle all the time when they retire. There is an adjustment period. Kobe is the toughest player you will ever see when he is on he Court he is all business which is exactly the way he should be.

  • devin24

    Who ever this gm is dumb asf kobe himself said that its gon be hard when that time come juss other dumb dick laker basher!

  • purp& goldpride

    Kobe will be fine….Any transition it’s hard in any profession.
    Does he want to win another championship, sure he does. But people, especially Lakers fans need to keep things in perspective. Over half the teams in the association don’t have 1 championship, let alone 5. Regardless of how these last year’s go, it’s been a successful ride.
    Go Lakers, GO Kobe

  • greeny

    Be funny if he took a job as an analysis at TNT, to see how he and Shaq get along after retirement.

  • Bluey

    I bet it was mark Cuban that said it

  • Calvin Wong

    didn’t kobe say he’ll continue playing in europe before?

  • CCX

    His skill level is so high and he keeps himself in such great shape that it likely would allow him to play on beyond 2 more years if he so chose. But father time is undefeated and would Kobe want to tailor off and become a decoy/jump shooter and lesser option, one that would be tested defensively constantly by kids who grew up idolizing him coming into the league?

    I wouldn’t want to see Kobe as Wizards-Jordan, that’s just me. However he could certainly be a specialist like Ray Allen for a few more seasons if wanted to. It’ll all come down to how bad he still burns to play vs retiring at the top of your game, if I may borrow from soccer like Landon Donovan is doing.

  • hookedonnews

    I wouldn’t assume he’ll retire after his contract expires if he’s healthy and playing well. I think he’ll be able to handle retirement. He can always stay involved in some way with basketball if he wants to, but he’s a smart guy. Read the article about him in SI. He’s got other interests and will probably be successful in business.

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