Kobe Bryant

When Kobe Bryant returns to the Los Angeles Lakers line-up next season, it will be his 20th season in the league… and last year under this current contract.

But, what happens after that? Does he try again for that elusive 6th ring?

After the Lakers game against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night (March 10), the 36-year-old admitted to the L.A. Times that he doesn’t want to play beyond next season… at least, at the present moment.

“As I sit here right now, do I want to play after next year? No. That could change,” Kobe said.

Kobe has had a rough few seasons. He’s currently sidelined with a torn rotator cuff; last season he was out with a knee fracture; and the season before that, he tore his Achilles’ tendon.

“After three years of dealing with this crap, you kind of understand why I don’t want to deal with it anymore,” he said. “This is much more encouraging [than the Achilles’ tear]. I can move around . . . my spirits are much higher.”

Despite questioning his career after his contract expires, he says he’ll definitely play next season.