Kobe Bryant has revealed that he is contemplating retirement, with reports today suggesting Bryant could replace Charles Barkley on TNT next season.
Sports Illustrated writer Richard Deitsch speculated on Monday that Bryant will be pursued by TNT after it was revealed that current host Charles Barkley may not continue working in television.
Deitsch explained that Kobe would be a perfect replacement for Barkley should the NBA legend move away from TNT.
Kobe perfect for TV?
The move for Kobe would be a perfect fit for him following his likely departure from the NBA in the next couple of seasons. Kobe remains at the heart of all things Lakers for now, but on Monday he failed to rule out retirement with comments that have added fuel to the fire that suggests he will finish his pro career at the end of the season.
"If Bryant indicates he is serious about a broadcasting career after his NBA career ends, industry sources say he’d command $4 million to $5 million annually, if not more, because there would be a heavy competition for his services. ESPN (whose studio show is based in L.A.) and Turner are guaranteed to be interested," reports explained.
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"There are certain traits shared by the best sports broadcasters: intelligence, passion, credibility and honesty. Personally, I like a bit of edge and distance from the establishment, too. Bryant possesses all of these.
"If you talk to NBA beat and national writers, Bryant has become one of the best interview subjects in the game. That he’s also an all-time great is a huge marketing bonus."
Deflate-gate saga rumbles on
Across to the NFL, and the Patriots' deflated ball controversy rumbles on. The NFL will continue their investigation today over accusations that the Pats tampered with the balls during the AFC Championship Game.
Civil rights groups pressure NFL
Sticking with the NFL, and civil right groups closely linked to the NFL are demanding that the Washington Redskins finally change their nickname, with the groups deeming the nickname to be racist.