Kobe Bryant finally has some good news for LA Lakers fans after what has been a bad week for him and the team.
Despite suffering a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder that will see Kobe be forced to go under the knife and miss the rest of the 2014/15 NBA season, Bryant has apparently confirmed that he won't be retiring after this season.
According to Mike Bresnahan, Lakers beat writer for the Los Angeles Times, sources close to Bryant have confirmed that the shooting guard will be returning to the Lakers for next season and will also continue to recruit potential free agent targets to Los Angeles.
"Those around Kobe say he is definitively coming back to play next season. Doesn't want to go out like this," Bresnahan tweeted earlier today.
He followed it up with, "Source: Kobe will also be active in free-agent recruiting for the Lakers, including pitches to possible future teammates in July."
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This should serve to alleviate fears that Lakers fans had about Kobe just giving up now that he will be facing more months of rehab in preparation to return. Bryant even spoke last week about having thoughts about quitting the game.
“I’d be lying if I said that it hasn’t crossed my mind,” Kobe said. “Right now I doubt it … but anything’s possible. My body is hurting like crazy, around the clock, and if I don’t want to do this anymore, I won’t do it,” he added.
Kobe has 25 million reasons why it would be a shock if he were to turn his back on basketball and take retirement at the end of this season. He still has that year left and like Steve Nash, it looks like he'll keep getting them cheques even if he is on the physio table or the golf course "rehabbing."