Kobe Bryant On Future: “I’m A Laker For Life”
Kobe Bryant is in the final year of his contract with the Lakers, and at 37 years of age, it's likely he'll retire... but not guaranteed.
The NBA superstar is still on the hunt for a Michael Jordan-tying sixth NBA title, but with such a young Lakers roster, it's unlikely he can do that. So, is there a chance that Kobe might leave the Lakers... and join another team for that elusive title?
"I've said it so many times. I'm here, I'm a Laker for life," Kobe said Friday night (via ESPN), after his team's 104-98 win over the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. "I'm not playing anywhere else, no matter what. It's just not going to happen. I bleed purple and gold, and that's just how it's going to be."
The remark follows comments by his former coach Phil Jackson, who said Kobe would play beyond this season. "I don't think it's his last year," Jackson said. "It sounds like it may be his last year as a Laker."
Kobe says it's just "Phil baiting you [members of the media] like he always does. He's a master at it."