Los Angeles Lakers fans were dealt a huge blow when star baller Kobe Bryant was ruled out for the rest of the season last week because of a rotator cuff injury.
Kobe has since had his shoulder operated on and team sources suggest that he will be fit and ready for the 2015/16 NBA season. However, some reports have speculated that Bryant may just simply retire at the end of the season rather than attempt to recover from another long-term injury.
But while speaking in a brief interview with ESPN on Thursday night, Bryant revealed that he has no plans to retire at the end of the season. In fact, the 36-year-old future Hall of Famer insisted that September is his target for a return to action.
Kobe on the mend
Asked how he felt after having shoulder surgery, Kobe replied, "I'm alright. I feel a bit sore, but I'm okay."
The reporter then proceeded to ask him whether reports suggesting he would be back in September are true, to which Bryant admitted, "Yeah, that's the plan," Kobe told ESPN.
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Regardless of whether Bryant can physically make a comeback from injury and return in September, some NBA experts believe Kobe should simply retire and not damage his legacy.
Kobe doesn't care
Even though Bryant's points tally for this season doesn't look too bad, his production and value to the team is far outweighed by the $25 million he's due next season from the Lakers. But despite certain criticism getting fired his way, Bryant added that he doesn't take notice of what people have to say about him.
"I don't really listen much to what people have to say, to be honest with you," Bryant added.
So what do you think Lakers fans? Should Kobe Bryant return for another season? Do you want Kobe to return for another season? Leave your thoughts in the comments box below.