Kobe Bryant to Retire from NBA Basketball in 2011?

April 5th, 2011 by Mitch Kunzler Leave a reply »
"Tryin to get that Kobe No. 1 over Jordan."

This line dropped by Kanye West in hit rap song describes perfectly why Kobe, with or without his sixth NBA championship ring, won't be retiring at the end of the 2011 season.

Currently, there have been several rumors floating around that Bryant very well could follow Phil Jackson into retirement, as long as Kobe wins his sixth Championship. Regardless of whether or not Kobe captures his sixth championship, he will not retire. It's that simple. Let me explain why:

Kobe Bryant is chasing Michael Jordan's legacy. Everyone knows that. It shouldn't even be a question. But it is not just catching Jordan's legacy that Bryant wants.

"I don't want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant."

Kobe said it himself. He wants more. He wants to be better than Jordan. He wants to be remembered as the greatest player of all time. Essentially, he wants to beat Jordan.

Now, I am not here to discuss the opinions of whether or not beating Jordan is possible, but I can tell you that Kobe won't stop until he thinks he has passed Jordan. Again, like Kanye said:

"Tryi ...

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