Future NBA Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant is once against having fun playing the game of basketball and it appears to have changed his two-year plan for retirement. Bryant said during an interview with CNN Turkey reporter Barbaros Tapan that he would like to keep playing basketball until he is 40-years-old.
“My aim is to play until I’m 40 years old and I believe I can do that. This year, we added very good players to our squad. Steve Nash, Dwight Howard will make us stronger. Right now, things are not going very well but I believe it’ll get better soon.”
“During the lock-out, I had offers from Turkey and other countries. Beşiktaş was interested in me and they had talks with my agent, but I want to use the lock-out time to recover from my injuries and spend more time with my family so I turned the offers down. Who knows, maybe one day I play basketball in Turkey.”
It is not that long ago that Kobe had seriously considered hanging it up at age 36 but now his plan looks to be taking a different turn.
Bryant is one of those players that has earned the right to stay in the game as long as he wishes but the Los Angeles Lakers star guard needs to be careful that he doesn’t stay in the league until the game passes him by. Too many legends have hurt their legacies by staying in the game too long and it would be a shame to see Kobe suffer the same fate.