Japan’s former All-Star and current NBA champion Kobe Bryant said he has no plans to retire from the sport.
“I haven’t been thinking about it for a while,” Bryant told reporters Wednesday.
“But I’m not going to say ‘I’m done,’ and that’s OK.
It’s all on the court.”
Bryant is one of the most famous basketball players in the world, and his retirement has sparked debate over the sport’s future.
In an interview with Yahoo!
Sports, Bryant also discussed his plans for the future.
Bryant, who turns 38 in April, said he is looking at a variety of roles, but he has not ruled out playing in the NBA again.
“What I’m looking at right now is just trying to play basketball, try to make it as good as I can,” Bryant said.
“It’s just not on my radar.
I want to get a little bit better and have fun, and it’s a big step in that direction. “
That’s why I’m playing in different places.
“If I can make it on the NBA court, I’m fine with that. “
“All the NBA players want to play, and they all want to be great. “
I’m happy to play on that court. “
All the NBA players want to play, and they all want to be great.
I know the guys who are there. “
And it’s not about who’s better.
I know the guys who are there.
Bryant said the NBA’s new rules limiting salary cap restrictions will allow players to earn as much as they want while also increasing the number of games they can play. “
So if I can play, I will.”
Bryant said the NBA’s new rules limiting salary cap restrictions will allow players to earn as much as they want while also increasing the number of games they can play.
The league is in the midst of a $2.2 billion buyout of the Players Association, but the owners are also considering extending the franchise tag, which would allow teams to keep their stars.
Bryant said his decision to play out his career in the NFL would be different, but said he would consider it.
“The NFL is like a business,” Bryant explained.
“A lot of people think I am selfish.
I don’t have a business.
I think in this business, it’s just too much for me to keep up with. “
In a business, you are supposed to have fun and do the best you can with your time.
It makes you realize, if I had the chance to play in the league, I would play every year. “
You see people playing so much, but you don’t see them winning so many championships.
I have to make the best out of it.” “
There’s nothing better than winning a championship.
I have to make the best out of it.”
Bryant has a career average of 27.3 points and 15.9 rebounds in 537 career regular-season games.
He is also a two-time MVP and three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
Bryant is the only player in NBA history to have averaged 20.8 points and 16.4 rebounds in five straight seasons.
Bryant has been sidelined by injuries in each of his four seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, including a knee injury in 2010 that required surgery in the summer of 2010.
Bryant will turn 37 in April.