Kobe Bryant will be returning in the NBA this coming 2015-16 NBA season. That’s a fact. But will he be returning the year after? Will he be hanging his jersey up after the NBA or will he continue playing elsewhere? Kobe says “I don’t know”.
In a recent interview with Marc J Spears of Yahoo! Sports, The Black Mamba tackled a lot of things — being a father, his health, suffering from injuries, returning this year, and retiring. When asked if next season will be his last, Kobe said it’s too early to tell.
“I don’t know if I’m going to retire or not. It’s not a swan song when it all has not been written,” he explained.
According to the 17-time All-Star, it’s a tough decision to make. Although he acknowledges that possibility of this being his last year in the NBA, Kobe says it’s best to decide after the season.
“We haven’t set anything in stone and I’ve talked about it before…I’m making this very simple. Either I like playing the game and going through this process or I don’t…But I think that decision needs to be made after the season. It’s hard to make a decision like that before the season.”
The former two-time MVP also revealed that he is open to playing overseas, probably in Italy or China, after ending his NBA career.
“I can see myself doing that,” Kobe revealed.
A former NBA player himself, KB’s father Joe “Jellybean” Bryant moved to Italy with his family to play professional basketball in the country. Kobe spent a good amount of his childhood in Italy before returning to the US 1991, Biography.com noted.
Kobe is also working closely with Chinese online marketing giant, Alibaba, to produce Kobe Bryant merchandise for the Chinese market.
As to whether his health can take in a few more bumps and bruises in the court, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar noted that his health is in top shape and he “feels good”.
“My body and my legs feel extremely strong and healthy. That’s the big difference. My upper body, I’ve been doing the weights and stuff like that. I’ve been kind of building up the upper body strength. The biggest change is I feel very, very solid in my legs,” he revealed.