With Kobe Bryant currently undergoing treatment for his torn left Achilles tendon and missing half of the 2012-2013 NBA season, his basketball career leaves fans in doubt.
At 35, is he about to retire?
Kobe posted on his Twitter account last May 20, “Really?? Me. Retire?? Soon, but not yet Vino still has work to do.”
This athlete has not yet made a candid announcement regarding his future career plans but as for the moment, he remains confident he can perform by the start of the next season, reporting improvement in his treatment with some of the stitches already removed.
Entering the next conference with their lineup in flux, the Los Angeles Lakers definitely need the help of their best player to keep them afloat.
Last season, Bryant was very productive, holding a record of 27.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game and shooting 46 % in the field.
Although the Lakers made an early exit in the series, Bryant keeps his faith in the team having Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash at the core of the team. “We can win a championship, no doubt about it,” he said.
But Bryant’s contract is coming to an end, as it states he has one year left to play for the team. “One more year. Our contracts are ending. … Pau [Gasol] is up after next year,” Bryant said in a report.
And then there’s a concern for renewal, so the Lakers can save for money. As it is apparent Kobe is an expensive guy to have play for a team.
With NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams are allowed to “amnesty” one player. And Kobe seems to be eligible for the agreement. They will still be paying him his salary but it won’t count against the salary caps. It can save the Lakers a lot to keep the overall costs down so they can sign more potential players who can overhaul their roster.
With Bryant’s compliance, he can re-sign with the Lakers and still be in the team following the 2013-2014 NBA season, but on a discounted contract.