According to ESPN’s Baxter Holmes via Bleacher Report, Kobe Bryant of late conferred to Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott that the 2015-2015 season of the NBA could be his final year.
“If you asked me today, this would be my last year. But you never know. We’ll keep it open. Whatever happens, happens,” Bryant told Scott before the Sunday game against the New York Knicks.
The Lakers, however, were edged by the Knicks in the 4th quarter giving them a 95 – 99 loss. As soon as the team’s failure to get a much-needed win, speculations about the Laker superstar’s future rose up again.
“He wants to try to play every single game,” Scott said adding that Kobe thinks “this could be his last year.”
The website added that 37-year-old Bryant is the highest paid NBA player for 2015 – 2016 with $25.0 M. However for a seasoned veteran, the 17-time NBA All-Star is down to a staggering 32.1 field-goal percentage in his last five outings.
Bryant’s contract is in its final year this season and rumors again abound that the 5-time NBA champion would try to give it another run of chasing an “NBA ring” courtesy of playing for another team.
According to Bill Oram of the Orange County Register via Lakers Nation:
“I’m a Laker for life. I’m not playing anywhere else, no matter what. It’s just not going to happen.” Bryant said.
Bryant has numerously shot down ideas of him playing outside the “purple and gold uniform” especially with former coach Phil Jackson (now Knicks president of basketball operations) for the past few months rumored to have an interest in him playing in New York.
Bryant, however, didn’t keep it to himself during their recent meeting with the Knicks, who are being coached by his former Lakers teammate Derek Fisher on handling the much-celebrated ‘triangle offense.”
‘That ain’t no f***in’ triangle, that’s a square’ he was caught on the court side poking fun according to SB Nation.
Bryant and the Lakers will play the Miami Heat on Tuesday.
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