Despite another disappointing season for his Los Angeles Lakers and another season-ending injury, Kobe Bryant says he is not retiring.
In an interview with NBA TV, dubbed “Kobe: The Interview,” the NBA star said he’s seeking a career “rebirth,” after seeing the successes of the San Antonio Spurs’ veteran squad over the last several years.
“I can’t say it is the end,” Kobe said. “I thought the Spurs were done 20 years ago. Those guys are still winning.
“So, to answer the question, I can’t say this is the end of my era because I thought their (era) was done and they’re still there. So, I’m hoping I can have the same rebirth.”
When asked what drives him to come back at 36, Kobe said: “The process of it. I want to see if I can. I don’t know if I can. I want to find out. I want to see. What I’m going to do is do what I always do: I’m going to break everything down to its smallest form, smallest detail, and go after it day by day. Just one day at a time.”
Kobe underwent surgery recently for a torn rotator cuff, which will sideline him for the remainder of the season. It comes after he appeared in just six games last season while recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.
He’s the NBA’s highest-paid player this season with a $23.5 million salary and is under contract for $25 million next year.