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.
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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