Kobe Bryant to Retire: Takeaways from Lakers Star’s Press Conference

November 30th, 2015 by Adam Wells Leave a reply »

Sunday night was emotional for Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant as he stepped onto the floor at the Staples Center for the first time since announcing this will be his final NBA season. 

While Bryant's retirement had been a constant source of speculation since Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak brought it up on SiriusXM NBA Radio in May (h/t Agence France-Presse, via Jonathan Lehman of the New York Post), the five-time NBA champion made the move official in a first-person article for the Players' Tribune:

Following the Lakers' 107-103 loss against the Indiana Pacers, in which he scored 13 points on 4-of-20 shooting, Bryant discussed his decision to retire in more detail. 

As far as when he decided this would be it, Bryant said it did not come out of the blue, per ESPN.com's Baxter Holmes:

Per Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News, Michael Jordan told Bryant to "just enjoy" the ride during his final season after Bryant informed the Chicago Bulls legend over the summer that this would be his last season. 

While it's an emotional time for ...

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