Kobe Bryant's new contract, which he signed on Monday, will ensure the NBA superstar will stay with the LA Lakers until he reaches the grand old age of 37, and could mean he ends his career playing for just the one franchise.
The shooting guard would have entered into free agency had he allowed his current deal to expire at the end of the 2014 season and, given his injury troubles of late, it did not appear certain Bryant would get a contract extension.
It has been confirmed, though, that Bryant will stay in Los Angeles until 2016 and prompted the 35-year-old to tweet 'Laker4Life' along with a picture of the contract. Can this be taken literally that Bryant will stay be with the Lakers until he retires? We shall see, but it's an assertion that will please fans.
The Bryant news caps off a good week or so for the Lakers having posted wins in their last two games against Detroit Pistons and Golden State Warriors, taking their record for this season to 7-7.
Golden State, incidentally, were the last team Bryant played against, having suffered a torn Achilles tendon in a game with the Warriors back in April, and he has not featured since.
Bryant did, however, receive medical clearance to return for the Lakers last week, although Mike D'Antoni won't be rushing his star man back in, particularly as he sat out of a training session last Thursday.