Found June 15, 2013 on
I always said no matter what Kobe says, they would have to drag him off the court. He isn’t going to go quietly into the sunset.
It is his competitive nature, I actually think being injured has made him more determined to come back and play at a high level for a couple of more years.
Bryant wants to be “back next season with a vengeance,” the source said. And he wants “two more cracks at it to win seven NBA titles at least.”
In other words, it’s highly unlikely next season will be his last.
Bryant has always publicly maintained that he will play only while he’s able to perform at an elite level. Next season is his final one under contract with the Lakers. A source with knowledge of the Lakers’ thinking told ESPNLosAngeles.com that the team was planning to open extension talks with Bryant as soon as it was allowed to under NBA rules, which ironically came right after he ruptured his Achilles in a game against Golden State on April 12.
Both sides would love to see Bryant retire as a Laker, sources said. But the Achilles injury complicated the issue, especially the timing of talks about an extension.
If Bryant really wants a crack at two more titles, when his contract is up, he is going to have to take far less money than the $30 million he is being paid.
If he is serious about allowing the Lakers to put the proper talent around him for one final run, he will agree to a salary that allows a lot of flexibility.
In 2014, lot of quality free agents will be available, so the Lakers turn around could be quick.
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Kobe Bryant has one year remaining on his deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, but that does not mean the future Hall of Famer is contemplating retirement. Bryant suffered a torn Achilles back on April 12, and we all know he would never be one to let an injury dictate the end of his career. [...]
As you can see by the title, you know what the next 500 or so plus words are all about. So before I go any further, let me just say this…..Kobe Bryant will never win another title unless he leaves the Los Angeles Lakers, which he won’t do. Period!!
I’m not saying this because he is a middle age, shooting guard that’s been in the league for 17 years with lots of NBA miles...
On June 7, Kobe Bryant took to social media and asked his followers to come up with a slogan that could best represent his return in the upcoming 2013-2014 NBA season. The winner, which was to be selected by Bryant, would receive a special edition Mambacurial pack of his signature Nike Kobe 8 shoe.
Nike Kobe 8 “Mambacurial” (Photo credit: nikeinc.com)
No stranger to being the...
We’ve posted some pretty awesome NBA-related art on this site but this designer from Nike Basketball’s Kent Floris shows us what happens when Kobe Bryant’s product line meets X-Rays.
Check out the below images of “The Black Mamba” and “Kobe Shealth” logos in an X-Ray style:
Kobe Bryant X-Ray Logo Art [Hooped Up]
Kobe Bryant wants to play at least two more seasons, according to a source.
Bryant is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.
Bryant wants "two more cracks at it to win seven NBA titles at least."
Bryant is entering the final season of his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. Both the Lakers and Bryant prefer for him to remain with the franchise for the duration of his...
Kobe Bryant takes in a Yankees-Angels game in Los Angeles, complete with slick sunglasses and a Corona. Like a boss.
According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles, despite titling his comeback ‘The Last Chapter’ via Twitter Friday, Kobe Bryant , who will be in the final year of his contract with the Lakers next season, wants to return for revenge and reportedly wants ‘two more cracks’ at a title.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant set off a mild panic among Laker fans on Friday...
For those of you wondering what Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is doing today, he’s in attendance at a Major League Baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels/New York Yankees.
The Yes Network caught Kobe taking a swig from a Corona beer and well, that can be seen below:
Drinking Kobe photo courtesy of @seth_rosenthal
Top Image courtesy of Getty Images
Amid rumors that next season could be his last in the NBA, a recent report indicates that Kobe Bryant wants to play beyond 2014.
Kobe Bryant will sit down with late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel for “Kobe Up Close” a one-night-only event for fans to watch the Lakers star talk about his past, present and future at the Nokia Theatre in LA on Aug. 15. According to the official event listing, fans will “get the chance to see another side of Kobe as he answers questions and recounts some of his favorite...
Kobe Bryant will sit down with late night host Jimmy Kimmel for a conversation at the Nokia Theatre on Aug. 15 to raise money toward eliminating homelessness in the Los Angeles area.
''Kobe Up Close'' will feature Bryant talking about his career and sharing some of his favorite stories with Kimmel. Tickets for the event range from $25 to $200.
All proceeds will...
Previously on That NBA Lottery Pick, we featured a couple of clips from ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Gametime” of 2-year-old Titus Ashby beating Lakers legends Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal in shooting contests.
This time around, Lakers forward Metta World Peace got a chance to take on Titus and sadly for him, he wasn’t able to take down the young sharp-shooter:
Forget the Spurs or the Heat, this NBA Finals has been all about two-year old Internet phenom Trick Shot Titus Ashby taking on NBA stars on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Before Game 1, the toddler dominated Shaquille O’Neal in a shooting contest, then tied Kobe Bryant before Game 2.
Game 4′s competition proved to be a tough test for Titus, as he was forced to go up against Lakers’ nutjob...