Bryant says he will retire at the end of this season
LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers says he has decided to retire after this season.
The 37-year-old Bryant made the announcement in a post on The Players' Tribune on Sunday. The decision was not totally unexpected, given that Bryant has said many times in recent weeks that he was considering making his 20th NBA season his last.
There's no more wondering now.
After two decades, two Olympic gold medals, five championship rings, 17 All-Star selections, an 81-point game that ranks as the second best in NBA history and more than 32,000 points, Bryant's career is officially winding down.
"This season is all I have left to give," Bryant said in what he called a letter entitled "Dear Basketball."
•JEFFERSON HURT: Al Jefferson suffered a strained left calf and did not return to the host Hornets' 87-82 victory over the Bucks. Jefferson will have an MRI Monday and left in a protective boot.
•FORMER WOLVES SHINE: Wayne Ellington scored a season-high 12 points, and Thaddeus Young had a double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds) for the host Nets, who beat the Pistons 87-83.
•STILL WINLESS: The 76ers lost to the host Grizzlies 92-84, matching the 0-18 start by the Nets in 2009-10 and extending their NBA-record losing streak to 28 games dating to last season.
•BUDDY SYSTEM: Eric Bledsoe and Mirza Teletovic each had 20 points for the Suns, who beat the host Raptors 107-102. Teletovic was 6-for-7 on three-pointers.