Is Kobe Bryant Retiring?

By Christine Torralba | 3 years ago
Is Kobe Bryant Retiring?
PHOTOGRAPH: Wikimedia Commons/Keith Allison | Kobe Bryant warming up for a game against the Washington Wizards in 2007, 3 February 2007.

Is Kobe Bryant planning on retiring early? Does the public know anything about the basketball star’s whereabouts? Read on to learn more about it.

Last Friday’s Lakers game, Kobe Bryant was nowhere in sight. And surprisingly, there were also no questions asked about him and his whereabouts.

As the Lakers played a 94-85 loss to the Jazz, it turned out that Bryant was at home, resting. Now this is where people have started wondering: “What’s wrong with Bryant?” “Will he still play?” “Is his career over?” and many more.

Sadly, New York Times reported that Bryant knows that his basketball career is on the line. With his current struggle in this season, the 36-year-old star has revealed that he has thought about quitting the game.

Revealing to Los Angeles Times’ Bill Plaschke, Bryant says that he would be lying if the thought about quitting hadn’t crossed his mind. Right now, the basketball player believes that anything’s possible.

Ever since he injured his Achilles heel on the 80th game of season 2012-13, the basketball player is in a battle against time as he only played six games throughout the season. To add to this, Bryant shares that his body hurts “like crazy, around the clock.”

For this season, Bryant has already played 34 out of 41 Lakers’ games. According to SB Nation, he has earned an “average 22.6 points, 5.7 assists and 5.6 rebounds in 34.6 minutes for each game.” With his 19th year in the league, this average is a far cry from the ones he put up when he first started playing. Bryant achieved an “average of 35.4 points per game and 25.6 points per game throughout his career.” He made these points during the 2006-2007 season.

Despite reports pointing to Bryant quitting the game, it was revealed that he will keep on playing, as long as Bryant feels like it. For him, it isn’t about the money that he earns from being a basketball sensation. “If I don’t feel like doing it, I won’t do it.”

Bryant is expected to return to the court in Phoenix on Monday after he has sat out on seven of his team’s last 14 games. Do you think he will be back to his usual self when he plays on Monday?

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Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Keith Allison

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