Kobe Bryant Explains Why He Doesn’t Miss the NBA

Kobe Bryant
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It’s been a year since Kobe Bryant closed out his storied career with 60 points at Staples Center. Does he miss the game?

During an appearance on Good Morning America on Monday (April 24), the Black Mamba revealed he doesn’t miss the NBA at all.

“No, I don’t. It’s crazy,” Kobe said, when asked. “I started playing when I was two. After playing for 20 years in the league, what I have now is — everything I’ve learned from the game, I carry with me to this day. The game has never truly left me. Physically, yes. But emotionally, and the things that I write, all stem from the game. So it’s still a part of me.”

He went on to offer some advice to the guys still playing: the end is coming someday. “It’s very hard to let go of something that you’ve done for half your life. It’s kind of become who you are. But it’s a difference between doing what you do versus understanding that that is not who you are. Hopefully, other athletes can see that and understand that,” Kobe said.

Watch the interview below.