Bryant scored 13 points (4-20 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT) and added four rebounds, three assists, and one steal over 33 minutes in Sunday's loss to the Pacers. Prior to Sunday's game, Bryant announced that he would retire at season's end, creating an increased buzz at Staples Center before an otherwise forgettable matchup between the 2-14 Lakers and 11-5 Pacers. While Bryant was able to keep the Lakers competitive by hitting a clutch three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining to cut the Lakers' deficit to one point, he airballed what would have been a game-tying trey on L.A.'s next possession, which has been a sight all too familiar this season for the 17-time All-Star. The fact that the 4-for-20 performance wasn't even his worst mark from the field this season speaks volumes about how far Bryant's game has fallen, and it comes as little surprise that he'll bow out after the season to avoid further humiliation. He's now averaging 15.5 points on a career-worst 30.5 field-goal percentage through 13 games.
Bryant will play Sunday against the Trail Blazers, Lakers beat reporter Mike Trudell reports. There was a chance Bryant would be held out Sunday after playing 34 minutes just a night ago, but he and head coach Byron Scott decided he would take the court on the day Bryant announced that he will retire at season's end. Bryant scored 21 points Saturday, his highest total since the Lakers' season opener.
Bryant announced Sunday that he will retire from the NBA after the 2015-16 season, Mark Stein of ESPN reports. Bryant has seen an overall decline in his performance this season, and will call it quits at the end of the season as a result. The 37-year-old will finish his career having participated in 20 different seasons, having earned All-Star bids in 17 of 19 coming into this season. There are too many accolades to name for Bryant, who will likely go down as one of the best players in NBA history.
Bryant collected 21 points (7-20 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 6-7 FT), two rebounds and two assists over 34 minutes in Saturday's 108-96 loss to Portland. After his infamous 1-for-14 shooting night Tuesday, Bryant bounced back with his second-highest scoring total of the season. The 14-year veteran still struggled mightily from the field, draining only 35 percent of his buckets (7-for-20), and has only been at 40 percent or better from the field in two contests all season. Bryant appears to require a considerably elevated shot volume at this stage of his career in order to post respectable offensive numbers.
Bryant will play Saturday against Portland, but coach Byron Scott hasn't decided if he'll be available for Sunday's game against Indiana, Bill Oram of the Orange County Register reports. Bryant's availability on the court will likely be stymied throughout the season which undoubtedly poses frustrations for those that have a vested interest in the aging veteran. He continues to sit out practice to stay fresh for games, but even missing practice entirely won't keep him on the court regularly.
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