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Kobe Talks Future, Retirement, Trades

In the second quarter of last night's contest in Philadelphia, Kobe Bryant passed Shaquille O'Neal on the NBA's scoring list, becoming the NBA's fifth-leading scorer of all time. After the game, Bryant indicated he'll be wearing a Lakers uniform for any future records he sets, telling Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles that he'll retire as a Laker (Twitter link).

"I'm not going jump ship to go chase a sixth ring," said Bryant (Twitter link). "It's going to happen here or it's not going to happen."

Although Bryant didn't commit to a specific timetable for his eventual retirement, he expressed a desire to go out on top, saying he didn't want to "hang around and average 18 or 19 points" (Twitter link). The longtime Laker is in his 16th NBA season, though he won't turn 34 until August.

As Elliott Teaford of the Los Angeles Daily News writes, Kobe also weighed in on the possibility of the Lakers making a move before the trade deadline. While he declared the current squad strong enough to contend for a title, he also hinted that a trade or signing could help:

"We have to play very solid, near-perfect basketball, particularly with our second unit, which we have in the past. We're capable of contending. Our margin is just not as great as some of the other teams."

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6 thoughts on “Kobe Talks Future, Retirement, Trades

  1. Patti

    Kobe: I dread the day you retire. Even though I am 83 you are the reason I watch and love basketball. You are my hero and are the greatest basketball player of all times. Just wish I could meet you……………….Love you!

  2. Boldnorm

    There will never be anybody like Kobe Bryant. He is the best and will always be the best..

  3. kobe better not retire now…id continue if i were him…kobe4lyfe !

  4. Glamis00

    Kobe needs to go to Germany again for a full bone recovery or buy a time machine. We still need that passionate/ driven ball player.

  5. Katfist007

    Kobe if you should retire please come to Seattle to help put a nba team you are the best,inever miss a game good luck in the allstar game want you become the mvp player for the game.

  6. Deadman

    kobe is the best…nba without kobee is not nba.

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