The Kobe Bryant retirement tour is nearing its conclusion, with the Los Angeles Lakers star riding off into the sunset at the end of the season.
The Lakers have just nine games left with the Black Mamba, but Kobe's last season has been a huge disappointment with the Lakers struggling badly as they hold one of the worst records in the entire NBA - hardly a fitting send-off for one of the greats.
However, despite the famous franchise's very obvious struggles, Kobe still seems pretty happy and revealed that he fully intends on playing in every remaining game of the season.
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"Yes, unless something drastic happens, God forbid," Bryant said about playing in all nine games after the Lakers loss to the Wizards last night.
"It's pretty crazy to think. I've got four home games left? That's kind of crazy," Bryant said. "I didn't realize that until right before tipoff -- five home games left, and now it's four. That's pretty crazy."
The 37-year-old Bryant has missed 16 of his team's 73 games this season, often sitting out to rest or because of his injury woes, such as a sore right shoulder or a sore right Achilles.
It might not be the best end to his career that Kobe will have been hoping for, but to be shown so much love in every arena across the country as he heads into retirement, Bryant must've been glad to have announced his retirement early.
We will all miss Kobe Bryant, but at least we've got nine more games to witness one of the greats of basketball history.