Kobe Bryant will retire after his 20th NBA season. The legendary Los Angeles star has ruled himself out of the reckoning for the 2016 Olympics.
Bryant featured in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics for the United States. Despite the announcement of his retirement, speculations were high as to whether Bryant would don U.S. colors in the Rio Olympics before hanging his boots.
“I think as beautiful as it would be to play for our country, when I say my last game is going to be my last game, I’m going to retire, then that’s it,” Bryant said. “It’s not like I’m going to walk off the stage and then [say], ‘But I’m going to come right back for a minute. Hold on one second.’ You know what I mean? I think it’s pretty sweet to have the final game be in a Lakers’ uniform and support the players from afar,” clarified Kobe Bryant.
There was a possibility that USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and head coach Mike Krzyzewski could consider the two-time gold medalist on the merit of his vast experience.
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