Why Kobe Bryant Retiring After Current Contract Would Cement L.A. Lakers Legacy

October 9th, 2012 by Stephen Babb Leave a reply »
OK, so you may be thinking, "Since when does Kobe Bryant's legacy need any help?"

The guy has five championships, an MVP award, two scoring titles and 14 trips to the All-Star game—not to mention, two Olympic gold medals. If all of that isn't enough to cement a legacy, then what is?

After all, Michael Jordan didn't have an especially easy time walking away from the game. It took him three tries. Yet we don't hold it against him. We've forgiven him for plenty, from a bizarre encore performance with the Washington Wizards to his personal blooper reel, also known as the Charlotte Bobcats.

The argument for Kobe to continue playing is seemingly airtight. The belief that he actually will is even more well-founded. 

Barring some kind of catastrophic injury or physical breakdown, Bryant could continue playing well into his late 30s. He knows that, too. For him, this is more about maintaining the kind of focus and work ethic that accompany the highest levels of competition (via CBS Sports' Ken Berger):

"It's not about health necessarily," he said. "It's about 'Do I want to do it? Do I have that hunger to continue ...

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