Before rupturing his Achilles, Kobe Bryant was planning on retiring at the end of this season. Since the injury in April, Bryant has talked about playing a couple more seasons and trying to win that sixth championship ring to conclude “The Last Chapter” of a future Hall-of-Fame career. On Tues. Oct. 29 night, the NBA on TNT tipped-off the 2013-14 season and also revealed a futuristic commercial featuring Bryant via LakersNation.com.
Regardless of how many years Bryant plans on playing, the light at the end of the tunnel is a lot closer than the beginning. After getting eliminated in the playoffs, Kobe admits he doesn’t have much left and announces his retirement from the game of basketball.
It’s a sight no one wants to imagine, but we can only hope that Bryant retires under better circumstances than the TNT commercial predicts. For all he has done for the Lakers and NBA, the perfect ending would be hoisting his sixth – or even seventh championship – similarly to Michael Jordan.
With Bryant ramping up basketball activities this week, he will be more motivated than ever to show that he’s not done after sustaining this devastating injury and will look to lead the Lakers to the top of the mountain again.
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