It’s time. If you’ve watched Kobe play at all the past couple years, you could see it was time. But it took a while...
Kobe admitted the decision to retire came down to a simple question, "Do I want to play again or don’t I ... And the reality is no, I don’t."
Byron Scott was the first person in the Lakers' organization Kobe Bryant told he was retiring. And while it caught Scott off guard, he's happy for him.
"I don't want to be a distraction."
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"Finally I just had to accept it, I don’t want to go through this anymore. And I’m okay with that.” —Kobe Bryant
“I would hope that he has more fun, and appears less frustrated." —Laker GM Mitch Kupchak
Classy move, and done in a very Kobe tone.