Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Expects To Stay With Los Angeles Lakers

Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Expects To Stay With Los Angeles Lakers
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Kobe Bryant has decided that he will end his career at Los Angeles Lakers. If he prolongs his career, he wants to play for the Lakers only. Bryant on Monday responded to comments from Phil Jackson that if he continues to play, he could consider featuring for other teams.

“I don’t think it’s his last year,” Jackson said. “Sounds like it might be his last year as a Laker.”


Bryant is now heading towards his 20th season with the Los Angeles Lakers. And this is also his final year in his contract.

“A lot of players want to go to different teams or contend to win championships,” Bryant told Yahoo Sports on Monday. “I’m a Laker, man. I’m a Laker for better or worse.”

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Bryant hasn’t taken any final decision regarding his plans for the 16-17 season. Due to a right rotator calf injury which required surgery, Bryant was out of action for 47 games last season.

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Bryant also added that he is not thinking of retirement at present.

“If it is, it is,” Bryant said. “If it isn’t, I’ll be ready for next season. I don’t spend too much time thinking about it. I’ve got enough to think about.”

“I’m excited to be back on the court,” Bryant said Monday. “I’m excited to be out there with the young players who are starting their careers, starting their journeys. I’m excited to help them out and kind of show them things I’ve learned. I’m as excited for this season as I’ve been in a long time.”