Kobe Bryant wants to win one more NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers before he finally decides to call time on his glittering career, according to Derek Fisher, although such an outcome would appear unlikely at present.
The Lakers are enduring a poor season to say the least, with injuries and flat displays leaving them with second bottom of the Western Conference, while their iconic shooting guard has been able to do little to arrest their slide.
Bryant missed almost nine months of action due to a ruptured Achilles tendon and, after returning in early December, played only six times before he was ruled out once again with a fractured lateral tibial plateau - essentially his kneecap.
Given his injury troubles and the Lakers’ decline it would appear that another NBA title in the two years of his contract would be unlikely, but Fisher says his former teammate still harbours the ambition to win again.
“There’s a lot more to it than just him coming back from the injury that is impacting him psychologically, At this point in his career, he’s also thinking about having an opportunity to win a championship again before retiring,” Fisher, a five-time NBA champion with Bryant, told Los Angeles Daily News.
“I would assume when he’s sitting there, it’s not just about him coming back from an injury. He’s thinking, ‘Where are we going, what are we doing?’”