Kobe Bryant Wants Two More Runs at a Championship Before Retiring

April 12, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers small forward Metta World Peace (15) subs for shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) as leaves the game in the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center. Bryant suffered a torn Achilles tendon. He under went surgery April 13 and is expected to miss six to nine months. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant will be facing one of the toughest challenges of his career when he attempts to fully recover from a ruptured Achilles tendon. It won’t be easy for Bryant, at his age, to return with the same kind of explosiveness that he once had, but Bryant doesn’t feel that he is ready to hang it up until he has “two more cracks” at another NBA championship.

According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles:

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant set off a mild panic among Lakers fans on Friday afternoon when he selected “The Last Chapter” as the slogan that best represents his comeback from a ruptured Achilles tendon.

“The Last Chapter,” you see, sounds a lot like the quote Phil Jackson gave when he decided to return for his final season with the Lakers in 2010-11, and seemed to imply Bryant was thinking of retiring after next season.

Far from it, a knowledgeable source told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Friday.

Bryant wants to be “back next season with a vengeance,” the source said. And he wants “two more cracks at it to win seven NBA titles at least.”

Many had believed that Bryant would call it quits after next season when his contract expires, but the challenge of returning from the injury could be the motivating factor that Bryant needs to stay on the court for a few more years.

What do you think, FanSiders? Would you like to see Kobe play a few more seasons in the NBA or should he call it quits before he becomes a shell of himself? Share your thoughts in the comments section and let your opinion be heard.

Topics: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

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