The end is near for Kobe Bryant and he knows it. What we don’t know is how he’ll handle these final years of his Hall of Fame career. Already Bryant is showing symptoms of late-career denial. That’s the bad news. The good news is that at least Kobe is already thinking about his final days knowing full and well that this could be his last contract in the NBA.
Bryant opened up about his future revealing the final two years of his current deal could be his last two years of pro ball.
“It’ll be the last year of my contract. I don’t know if I will play any longer than that. I don’t know. It’s just a possibility. It’s not something I even give it much thought to, but it’s a possibility. It could happen.”
Clearly Kobe is slowly coming to grips with his hoops mortality. Just how quietly he goes into his twilight remains to be seen. We know how much it would mean to collect another ring…or two, just enough jewelry to surpass the collection of one Michael Jordan.
One thing Kobe is saying he won’t do is pull a Favre. According to Bryant once he hangs those kicks up they’ll be there for good. At least that’s what he’s saying now. We know and he does too that his tune could change once that moment arrives.
“I think you’ve seen so many players retire, think they know and then come back. I don’t want to be one of those guys, but I know they’ve all said it too. It must be tougher than it sounds to be able to retire and know when that moment is actually there. We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it, I guess.”