Next season might be Kobe Bryant’s last, but the Los Angeles Lakers’ forward told Yahoo Sports that he remains undecided about retirement.
“We haven’t set anything in stone. And I’ve talked about it before,” Bryant said. “But could this be the last? Absolutely. It’s tough to decide. It’s really tough to make those types of decisions. Players I have spoken to say, ‘Kobe you will know.'”
Bryant said he is rehabbing from injuries as he prepares for the 2015-16 season, the final year on his contract which calls for a $25 million salary. Bryant said recently he is prepared to play more minutes at forward on a young, energetic roster.
“There are no question marks on what I can do (physically),” the 17-time All-Star said. “My body and my legs feel extremely strong and healthy.”
The Lakers drafted D’Angelo Russell with the second overall pick in the 2015 draft and acquired Roy Hibbert from the Indiana Pacers. Last year’s lottery pick, Julius Randle, is recovered from season-ending foot surgery.
“I’m making this very simple. Either I like playing the game and going through this process or I don’t,” Bryant said. “I try to strip it down to the simplest form. Either I like playing some more or I don’t. But I think that decision needs to be made after the season.”