Kobe Retiring? Basketball Star Confirms Next Season Will Be The Last Of His Hall-Of-Fame Career

Kobe Retiring? Basketball star Confirms Next Season Will Be The Last Of His Hall-Of-Fame Career

Kobe Bryant Says He’s Retiring After Next Season, The 36-year-old basketball star opened up about his retirement plan in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

“Now that he’s 36, out due to injury and close to retirement, he says he’ll play one more season and finish his two-year contract, which will net him $25 million,” THR‘s Marisa Guthrie learned from the Lakers superstar, who has been playing for the Los Angeles team since the age of 17.

Kobe shared about his growing pains, “It’s really hard, especially for a 17-year-old. You’re having all this money thrown at you, all this attention thrown at you. And there are a lot of leeches. It teaches you a lot about focus. What are you focused on? What are you trying to accomplish? All right, let’s weed out everything else that gets in the way of that. But at 20 years old, I was dealing with a lot. It was crazy.”