LOS ANGELES (CBS SPORTS) – Kobe Bryant has hinted in the past that he’s only got two more years left in him, But he’s also made comments about playing until he’s 40. The assumption has always been that Bryant would play as long as humanly possible. But in an interview with CBS Sports, Bryant said that it’s two-and-out for the five-time champ.
Even after visiting the fountain of youth in the form of a knee procedure in Germany that allowed him to average nearly 39 minutes per game last season, Bryant senses that the end is near — and not only for his knees, wrist, ankles or other body parts, but also for his incomparably competitive mind. The window, he is ready to acknowledge, is two years. Two more chances to catch Jordan.
“It’s not about health necessarily,” he said. “It’s about, ‘Do I want to do it? Do I have that hunger to continue to prepare at a high level?'”
To hear Bryant, the most cutthroat basketball combatant of his generation, speak about the day — the moment — when his smoldering desire to win finally will be extinguished, was something to behold.
This is the first time we’ve heard Bryant come anywhere close to admitting that he doesn’t have the obsessive drive that he’s known for.
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