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Kobe drastically revises career expectations

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07:06 AM ET 06.24 | Kobe Bryant had already been on the record, consistently, that the end of his career may come after the next one or two seasons. Currently on a trip to Brazil, the Lakers guard may have revealed a different plan altogether. "I could easily see myself playing another three or four years," he said on Brazilian television in a segment produced by Glenda Carqueijo. ... He's expected to return to the court by November or December. Bryant is headed into the final year of his contract and will be 35 before next season. He's confident he'll fully recover from what was a devastating injury. The television clip, narrated in Portuguese, describes Bryant as an "NBA superstar in Brazil."

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June 24, 2013  08:04 AM ET

Well, he's clearly past his superstar days but there's always going to be someone ready to pay for his services. I think it'll be best for the Lakers if he retired to avoid the disgrace on amnesty.

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June 24, 2013  08:26 AM ET

Take 2. 2 same stories in one day.

Anyways, the article just proved that I was right. I've said that he looks like he could play for 3-4 more years before the injury and I got killed for saying that.

June 24, 2013  08:29 AM ET

Pleeeeeease.

Kobe is a fan of history and legacies. He is going to be a shell of his former self when he returns next season. Averaging 15-17ppg isn't the way he will want to be remembered. Not even close. If he plays past next season those numbers will continue to decline.

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June 24, 2013  08:43 AM ET

Cuban really messed Kobe up

June 24, 2013  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Cuban really messed Kobe up

lol

June 24, 2013  09:21 AM ET

Kob-"ME" simply needs to rehab...then retire. Of course, Bryant wouldn't do that, because it's always been about him.
Until Kob-"Me" is no longer wearing a Lakers Uni, Kupchak, Buss and Co. are doomed. Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, and others cannot save this team from missing the playoffs in 2014.

June 24, 2013  09:40 AM ET

It's Kobe's fault...

Kobe Bryant is going to really mess up the Lakers. He is one of the major reasons why Dwight Howard will walk away from LA.

June 24, 2013  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Well, he's clearly past his superstar days but there's always going to be someone ready to pay for his services. I think it'll be best for the Lakers if he retired to avoid the disgrace on amnesty.

Very good point!!! Kobe is "clearly past his superstar days", but he could help any team for another couple of years. If Kevin Garnett can help a team, then surely Kobe has some value left!!!

June 24, 2013  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

It's Kobe's fault...Kobe Bryant is going to really mess up the Lakers. He is one of the major reasons why Dwight Howard will walk away from LA.

Kobe might be part of the problem if Howard were to walk away, but the bottom line is, Howard is the "main" problem if Howard walks away. I'm not too sure Dwight, wants to play in Los Angeles, for fear of failing!!!

June 24, 2013  10:02 AM ET

I still think he plays couple more seasons. But if he plays at high level and is healthy I would not mind him in Lakers uniform.

June 24, 2013  10:03 AM ET

Ninja Boy strikes again. His team killing will never stop. Thanks in advance for keeping the Lakers at the bottom.

June 24, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Kobe might be part of the problem if Howard were to walk away, but the bottom line is, Howard is the "main" problem if Howard walks away. I'm not too sure Dwight, wants to play in Los Angeles, for fear of failing!!!

Nobody knows if Dwight is up to the task of leading he franchise or accepting the pressure, blame or praise during the next few years. He hasn't give any signs of this. So better have Kobe around for now just in case. Luckily we will find out soon what he wants and this damn Dwightmare should be finally over.

June 24, 2013  10:09 AM ET

You Have To Know When To Fold 'Em, Bro.

June 24, 2013  10:47 AM ET
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You Have To Know When To Fold 'Em, Bro.

Agreed! Bryant needs to walk away from the table...and the court. Now, we all know he'll be found in a court in the near future, so stay tuned.

"Yo, how much is that flight to Colorado?"

June 24, 2013  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Nobody knows if Dwight is up to the task of leading he franchise or accepting the pressure, blame or praise during the next few years. He hasn't give any signs of this. So better have Kobe around for now just in case. Luckily we will find out soon what he wants and this damn Dwightmare should be finally over.

Totally agree!!!! :-)

June 24, 2013  11:12 AM ET

Kobe said he'll be back stronger and better then before. He also said he'll be back by October of this year or sooner. That's great news for the Lakers.

June 24, 2013  12:00 PM ET
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Kobe said he'll be back stronger and better then before. He also said he'll be back by October of this year or sooner. That's great news for the Lakers.

Sayin' ain't Doin'.

 
June 24, 2013  12:05 PM ET

LOL everyone knew he was not gonna play just one more year...he will be there at least 3-4 years from now and need the jersey ripped off his back like jordan

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