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Kobe Bryant Expected to Retire Next Season, Lakers GM Says

Kobe Bryant

Jesus Gomez, SB NATION

 

(SBNation.com) — Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said on Friday in a radio interview that Kobe Bryant’s next season will be his last in the NBA.

“He has indicated to me that this is it,” Kupchak told Sirius XM NBA Radio. “There have been no discussions about anything going forward. I don’t think there will be.”

Those are strong words from someone with firsthand knowledge of the situation and strong ties with Bryant. It’s not the first time Kupchak has talked about the end of Bryant’s career being nigh:

“All indications are, to me, from him, that this (two-year contract) is going to be it,” Kupchak said. “If somebody’s thinking of buying a ticket three years from now to see Kobe play, I would not do that. Don’t wait. Do it this year.”

 

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