Shooting guard Kobe Bryant has implied in a recent interview that he will never leave the LA Lakers.
The 37-year-old may not know if he will be retiring at the end of the year, but he is certain that whenever he decides to finally call it a day, it will be with the Lakers.
Bryant had to say this to reply to the rumors that he was going to leave the side he has called home for his entire NBA career at the end of the season.
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According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, the five-time NBA Champion said: “A lot of players want to go to different teams or contend to win championships I’m a Laker, man. I’m a Laker for better or worse.”
“How many times do I have to say that? Dude, I bleed purple and gold.”
All in all, Bryant's future will depend on how well he can perform and how healthy he can remain throughout the upcoming season. He's entering season number 20 for the Lakers, an incredible achievement, and he will be making $23.5 million this year with the side.
If he does stay and retires with them, he will join an exceptional list which includes Hall of Famers Magic Johnson, Jerry West and James Worthy who have all played their entire career with the Lakers.
Over the last two seasons, Bryant has missed over 120 games for the Lakers, but he has recently recovered from a right rotator cuff injury that required surgery. He is healthy now, ready for training camp, and is excepting to play the Utah Jazz in the first game of the season.