Kobe Bryant: I Can Play Three More Years

Feb 25, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) reacts during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 119-108. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Kobe Bryant is used to making the headlines, but in the last couple of weeks his Los Angeles Lakers teammate has stolen the show. While Dwight Howard is trying to decide where he wants to play next season, Bryant doesn’t seem too concerned and believes that he can still play at a high level for another three years.

I feel pretty damn confident I can be at a high level for at least another three years. I feel like how I was playing last year – I know I’ll be healthy and I’ll be ready to go this year – I know what I can bring. And I think I can easily do that for another three years. I think the (Achilles) injury has something to do with it. It really increased the drive. And probably San Antonio getting so close to winning No. 5, probably hurt me a little bit too.

(via NBA.com/Lakers)

Kobe has previously said that he doesn’t want to play when his game starts to severely decline, and even suggested that he might retire when his current contract runs out. When he went down, he made it clear that he wanted to come back next season and would probably sign another, cheaper deal. Well, it seems that it won’t be a one-year deal and could instead be a two-year extension.

Bryant is still motivated and driven. He wants to prove everyone wrong and still wants to compete and win more championships, which is undoubtedly a good thing for the NBA and its fans.

Topics: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

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