It seems a bit odd to suggest Kobe Bryant may never play another NBA game, but the Los Angeles Lakers star gave a pretty candid interview before Sunday’s All-Star game (which he didn’t play in due to injury) and questioned how much longer he’ll be able to play.
One glaring quote was Bryant suggesting this could be the end.
“It’s really the biggest challenge. Maybe this is the end, but then again, maybe it’s not. And it’s my responsibility to do all that I can to make sure that it’s not.”
Of course, Kobe’s always had a bit of a flair for the dramatic – be it in a game or with the media.
The fact remains though – Bryant entered the league at 18-years-old and has played multiple ‘extra’ seasons of basketball thanks to his 220 playoff games, essentially making him a 21-year vet if you add in those extra games.
Will Kobe go out and never play another game? That seems improbable, but there is going to come a point when Kobe has to realize his body can take so much.
But as difficult as that’s going to be for Kobe to realize, it might be even tougher for us as fans of the game.