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Byron Scott dismisses talk of Kobe Bryant retirement

Coming off a season-ending injury and entering his 19th season in the NBA, Kobe Bryant is finally feeling the effects of being in the league for so long. But, despite restricting Bryant’s minutes lately, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott insists that he hasn’t talked with Bryant about retirement, according to a report from ESPN.

Bryant, now 36 years old, signed a maximum 2-year extension with the Lakers in 2013 for $48.5 million. He recently revealed to the Los Angeles Times that the idea of retirement has crossed his mind this season, but he has also thought about playing in the league beyond his current contract. With his future uncertain and plenty of time to make a decision, Bryant remains focused on the present.

Record-wise, this season’s iteration of the Lakers is one of the worst teams Bryant has played for during his career.  But his looming retirement has overshadowed his team’s unremarkable play, and the loss of Bryant will be a huge blow to the entire league.

Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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