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Old 03-31-2013, 10:05 AM   #1
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的値l talk to my family and stuff and really see if I want to continue to sacrifice as much as I知 sacrificing right now. I知 putting my body through a lot to just try to get ready to play every single night. To do what I知 doing right now, it痴 not easy. I値l tell you, it痴 taken a lot of commitment.

Is your sense that next season will be your last?

鄭s I sit here right now, yeah.

Is there anything the Lakers can say that would make it more likely you played beyond next season?

哲o, Bryant told NBA.com. 的t痴 my decision. It痴 really about what I want to do, if I want to train and be psychotic with my training. That痴 what it comes down to. It痴 really how I知 feeling physically.

I could see it IF his injuries continue and the Lakers fail to make a title run next year.
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:11 AM   #2
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Very sad news.

There is no doubting that he's the best ever.
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:12 AM   #3
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:15 AM   #4
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AKA he wants more help. Old man Nash and mentally weak D-Ho isn't going to cut it.
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:23 AM   #5
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In a league with fake stars and manufactured superstars....Kobe can still prove why he's the best ever.

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Old 03-31-2013, 10:24 AM   #6
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Default Re: Kobe Bryant hints at next season being his last...

Of course, it tastes like *S* to say it, but the only title I see the Lakers winning this season is that of "GOAT Underachieving Team in NBA History"

The dog days of an extremely (to use Kobe's favorite adverb) disappointing season is likely to produce statements like that, but in Kobe's case, he may feel that he's ready for his farewell tour 6 months from now too.
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:35 AM   #7
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I doubt he retires. He's still playing at a very high level. Right now he's feeling run down, the season is almost over, he's had nagging injuries all season and by all measures the Lakers have been a disappointment. Right now he needs a break.

But you know come August and September after he's been sitting at home for a few months he'll be dying to get back out there.
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:38 AM   #8
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I can guarantee everyone the life of my unborn child that he will NOT retire next year.

This is the equivalent of a poster on message boards who's popular, active, but not necessarily the most liked person, who at one point randomly decides they need to make a post announcing their intentions to "retire from the forums."

All of us are internet nerds right? How many times have we seen this on message boards? Those people NEVER stick to their word. So what Kobe's doing is the equivalent of a poster who got so butthurt either over a single event, or an accumulation of events - the wear and tear of longterm butthurtedness, that they "lash out," essentially saying, "I'm sick of you haters. I'll show you. I'll fake announce my retirement, see how much you miss me then."

With that said, I sure as hope he doesn't retire. He's the one of the few longterm legends that's still playing from the 90s and his departure merely serves as a reminder of my own mortality.
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:46 AM   #9
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Default Re: Kobe Bryant hints at next season being his last...

If he's still competing at a high level than it would be crazy for him to retire after next season especially if the Lakers get him some real help. They're still in a position to be contending next season. They just have to make a few moves. Re-sign Dwight Howard, find someone who will take Gasol. They have some young guys on the team that can step up. Howard/Kobe/Nash is a good trio to still build around. Get rid of Gasol and MWP and get some youth in that lineup. Keep Jamison as the 6th man.
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:01 AM   #10
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One can only hope.........
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:07 AM   #11
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Attention whore. He's not retiring, he's manipulating.
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:19 AM   #12
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Very sad news.

There is no doubting that he's the best ever.
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Default Re: Kobe Bryant hints at next season being his last...

I think it will come down too what team lakers form.
I doubt he wants to play in losing teams.. then again forming winning teams around him at age 36 will be extremly hard.
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AKA he wants more help. Old man Nash and mentally weak D-Ho isn't going to cut it.

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Old 03-31-2013, 11:34 AM   #15
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One can only hope.........

I know it's been a very long 17 years for Kobe haters. 17 years of being wrong all the time

"He'll never live up to the hype coming out of high school"
"He'll never win without Shaq"
"He's old and done"

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