Kobe Bryant has been in impressive form so far this season as he bids to prove to his critics that he still has the ability to sit at the top table in the NBA.
But while Kobe is confident his talents have not yet wained, the Los Angeles Lakers star has already intermitted this year that he plans to retire when his current two-year deal is done in 2016.
Plan in action
With the Lakers as a franchise hardly pulling up any trees at present it's not exactly surprising that Bryant isn't thinking of extending his stay in LA any longer. Current head coach Byron Scott though has a plan that he believes will help convince his star man to stick around beyond his current contract.
"You guys have seen him play. He has a lot left in that tank," Scott told the media prior to the team's 111-95 loss to the Washington Wizards.
"If we put something together that excites him, we'll have a real good chance of him saying he'll play another year and give it another shot. That's what we plan to do."
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Kobe Bryant might not currently be surrounded by a lot of win-ready players at the Staples Center but Scott is right in as much as the franchise has an opportunity in the near future to add quality to the roster.
With the likes of LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love leading what is set to be a loaded 2015 free agency class, and the Lakers set to have salary space at their disposal, the franchise is looking to make a big splash and bounce back to their once lofty perch at the top of the NBA.
Having Kobe Bryant around, as a player and lead recruiter, would undoubtedly be a big bonus as the Lakers look to reach that aim - both in terms on on-court ability and ability to attract the top names.
Aged 36 though there must be question marks as to how long Bryant can continue. Just this week there were reports that he is sitting out more and more practice sessions in order to preserve his body for games.