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According to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, Kobe Bryant is sticking with this plan to retire when his current contract is set to expire. Speaking to him after practice, he stated that, in all likelihood, his career would not go any further than the 2013-2014 season.
“It’s just that three more years seems like a really long time to continue to stay at a high, high level of training and preparation and health,” Bryant said. “That’s a lot of years. For a guard? That’s a lot of years.”
Even after undergoing a knee procedure in Germany that allowed him to average nearly 39 minutes per game last season, Bryant senses that the end is near and not only for his knees, wrist, ankles or other body parts, but also for his incomparably competitive mind.
“It’s not about health necessarily,” he said. “It’s about ‘Do I want to do it? Do I have that hunger to continue to prepare at a high level?’ ”
In response to the question of hanging on for a couple of more years, as a role player averaging 15 points a game to pad his championship resume, his answer was as expected. “That’s not gonna happen. That’s just not me.”