Kobe Bryant’s body won’t let him play basketball oversees next season

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Kobe Bryant shot-down the idea of playing basketball oversees, after he retires from the NBA this season. “I would have loved to have played overseas but it’s not going to happen. Body won’t let me,” Bryant admitted in an interview per Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.

Bryant’s father Joe Bryant played oversees. Hence, Kobe grew-up abroad and also speaks fluent Italians.

Viola Reggio Calabria, the club Bryant’s father played for, offered him a position on the roster earlier this month, according to a letter via TMZ Sports

Bryant did acknowledge the possibility of ending his basketball career with one final run in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“It’s not something I’m absolutely pressing for but being part of the Olympic experience is a beautiful thing,” Bryant said per Yahoo Sports.

Bryant’s Lakers are likely to miss the postseason, so his body could be recharged for the Olympics. 2016 would be a shot at a third Gold Medal for Bryant. 

Nonetheless, Bryant said he will have to see where it goes. Bryant already announced he would retire from the NBA after this season.

Bryant and the Lakers play the Los Angeles Clippers Dec. 25, which will be Bryant’s final Christmas Day game.


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Pete D. Camarillo is currently a credentialed Lakers writer for SportsOutWest and co-host of the weekly Touchdowns and Tangents podcast. Pete enjoys creating content about music, life and West Coast Sports, specifically the NBA and NFL. He has published more than 1,000 articles across various publications including ClutchPoints, FullPressCoverage, TheSportsDaily, Fansided and Inquistr. Pete is also currently a full-time media relations professional for Business Wire and he is active in ONA, SPJ, NABJ and AAJA organizations in Los Angeles. The 2015 CSUN Journalism grad volunteers on his Journalism Alumni Association Board of Directors now. His background includes community relations with the L.A. Clippers during the 2014-15 season. studying sports management, football coaching and earning a fellowship for his entrepreneurship ventures. Follow him on Twitter @petecertified.


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