Kobe Bryant may be just five games away from NBA retirement but one fellow veteran on the Los Angeles Lakers roster isn't ready to call time on his career in the league just yet.
As reported by the Los Angeles Daily News, Metta World Peace "hopes he can play two to four more years in the NBA following the 2015-16 season".
15 months younger than Kobe, World Peace has 18 years experience in the NBA but was playing in China and Italy last year before re-joining the Lakers ahead of the 2015-16 season.
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"I’ll probably just want to stay in the NBA now,” the 36-year-old said when asked about his future.
"I think I can still play in the league. I feel good. I feel like I was able to guard and able to post,” he continued. “I feel like I answered a lot of questions.”
A former Defensive Player of the Year and 2004 All-Star, World Peace has certainly been an effective player in the league over the past couple of decades.
This season, however, the veteran small forward has featured in just 31 games for the struggling Lakers this season - averaging just 16.6 minutes in those appearances. He has, though, averaged 50-percent shooting when starting.
When he re-joined the Lakers, with whom he won the 2010 title, his role was largely seen as an advisory one and the franchise hierarchy have encouraged him to mentor the Lakers' young corp.
Clearly, though, having gotten a taste for the NBA once more, World Peace feels he can still contribute on the court for a few years to come.
Whether that will be in L.A. or in another city remains to be seen.