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West Coast sports roundup, Week 45: Kobe Bryant hints at retirement, 49ers bench Colin Kaepernick

NBA: Kobe Bryant hints to Byron Scott that 2015-16 season may be his last

Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant told head coach Byron Scott on Sunday that his 20th season may be his last in the NBA, according to ESPN.com.

“That’s the first time that he hinted to me that this might be his last year,” Scott said Sunday before the Lakers faced the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Bryant made a subtle hint that this may be his final year after Friday’s 104-98 win over the Brooklyn Nets stating that he was at “peace” with the possibility that this would be his last trip to New York as a player. 

That said, Bryant also stated that he is leaving the door open to continuing his NBA career past this season which he believes would hinge on if he has the desire to put his body through the grind of another regular season. 

The 37-year-old is in the final year of his two-year, $48.5 million contract, which would make him an unrestricted free agent next offseason. If Bryant were to return, he has shot down any notion that he would play for another team stating that he is a “Laker for life.”

“I’ve said it so many times. I’m here, I’m a Laker for life,” Bryant said Friday night after his team’s 104-98 win over the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. “I’m not playing anywhere else, no matter what. It’s just not going to happen. I bleed purple and gold, and that’s just how it’s going to be.”

All in all, there is still much that could change Bryant’s thought process in either direction from now until next offseason. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.

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