Kobe Bryant is one of the NBA favorites fans love because of his stellar performance, impressive statistics records and individual awards, and several championship titles in his career. But could that be a distant memory now? With how things are going for him in the current season, different people from the NBA community believes he should take his final bow after this season.
According to Los Angeles Times, some players and coaches find it hard to watch the present Black Mamba as he is struggling to build a decent performance for his past games. For them, he doesn’t need to play in NBA just for the sake of continuing his contract because they believe that people must remember him in the peak of his career and not through this off-beat gameplay.
An executive from Eastern Conference said, “He’s one of the few players in NBA history to have gotten everything possible out of his body. Now his body has nothing left to give, but that’s life in the NBA, in professional sports. At some point, the body just can’t do it anymore and Kobe’s body can’t do it anymore.”
As for Charles Barkley, he frankly explained, “There is nothing he can do about getting old, man. It ends like that for everybody, and Kobe is no different. It’s ending badly for him.”
Sports Illustrated enumerated the highlights of his career. In his 20 years of playing in the NBA, Bryant celebrated five championship titles with the Lakers wherein he won twice the Finals MVP. Before the current season started, he has banked 32,482 points landing him in the all-time top scorer’s list. He has a career average of 25.4 pts per game. His other distinctions include being in the first-team All-NBA for 11 times and All-Defensive first team for 9 times.
With all these achievements, Kobe Bryant doesn’t need to prove anything else. Will he consider retiring after this season?
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