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Kobe says he'd retire before going somewhere else

Posted on: February 8, 2012 12:22 pm
 
Kobe wants to retire a Laker. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

Kobe Bryant is 33 years old. But in basketball terms, he's older than that. He came straight out of high school into the NBA and has played in 1,128 games. That's a lot of games.

Retirement isn't on the horizon for Kobe, but it's certainly just over. He's had an incredible NBA career winning five rings and has just cracked the top five in all-time scoring. He could catch Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan on the list and if he really stretched out his career, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who he's about 9,500 points behind.

But he's not going to do that. Via an interview with ESPN:
How much more time do you think you have?
Kobe: It's interesting to me to hear people put the proverbial nail in the coffin. Very interesting. You think I'll hang around and average 19 points, 18 points and stuff like that? Hell no!

Can you imagine yourself in another uniform outside of a Lakers uniform?
Kobe: No.

So you'd retire before you went somewhere else?
Kobe: Why would I go somewhere else? That ship sailed in '07. ... I'm not going to jump ship to chase a sixth ring. I'm just not going to do it. It's either going to happen here or it's not going to happen. 

So in other words, he's not going to go the Jordan route. He's not going to come back to a team as an old man, average 18 games just with his post game and maybe make a playoff run. At least that's what he says. We'll see how Kobe feels when the reality has set in that he's not playing anymore.
Comments

Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:28 pm
 

Kobe says he'd retire before going somewhere else

Two ideas regarding player comparisons: (1) I'd like to see a comparison of shooting/scoring PERCENTAGES for the top 10 scorers.  (2) I'd like to reduce every 3-point score by one point for each of the top 10 scorers before comparing;  some old-timers scored their points before the 3-point rule became effective.   Both of those comparisons might show a much different ranking.




Since: Apr 19, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:37 pm
 

Kobe vs MJ comment

The truth is if you take the first 4 years out of Kobe career scoring where he played limited minites while coming off the bench and learning the game his lifetime scoring average would be much higher. Jordan was in college during that time and came into the league near his prime. Then add to the fact that Kobe had to share the ball with Shaq the 6th leading all time scorer who always wanted the rock and let Kobe know it. Take him away and give him a great defensive team around him who can score when needed but don't really need the ball to be happy and Kobe scores 30.0++ ppg lifetime. Fact is Kobe had 3 games between 58 and 62 points by the 3rd quarter only to sit out the entire 4th and scored 81 points in one game on 27 of 34 from the field, a game much more efficent then Wilts 100 point game. Then the most perfect quarter in NBA history also by Kobe where he scored 30 points 3 shy if the NBA record but sat out the final 2 minites of that quarter and shot 9 of 9 from the field and 11 for 11 from the line which was far better then the Iceman's 33 point game. So the bottom line MJ didnt come close to these feats that Kobe did he never even scored 70 in a game and Kobe could have had 4 of them. So lifetime scoreing average comparisons and pointless between these two guys. They are two of the best scorers of all time and truth is Kobe was a better scorer then MJ and if you placed Kobe on that Bulls team dduring those years he would have surpassed MJ surely but as fortunes have it we will never know. Im not saying Kobe is the better player but I am saying he was the better scorer. MJ and Kobe both were the best 1 on 1 lockdown defenders I have seen in their prime but for a solid 48 minites from start to finish MJ was the better defender which makes it impossible to say Kobe was the better overall player. Who will go down as the greatest ever? Well ask me in 5 years and I will let you know.



Since: Apr 19, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:34 pm
 

Kobe says he'd retire before going somewhere else

The truth is if you take the first 4 years out of Kobe career scoring where he played limited minites while coming off the bench and learning the game his lifetime scoring average would be much higher. Jordan was in college during that time and came into the league near his prime. Then add to the fact that Kobe had to share the ball with Shaq the 6th leading all time scorer who always wanted the rock and let Kobe know it. Take him away and give him a great defensive team around him who can score when needed but don't really need the ball to be happy and Kobe scores 30.0++ ppg lifetime. Fact is Kobe had 3 games between 58 and 62 points by the 3rd quarter only to sit out the entire 4th and scored 81 points in one game on 27 of 34 from the field, a game much more efficent then Wilts 100 point game. Then the most perfect quarter in NBA history also by Kobe where he scored 30 points 3 shy if the NBA record but sat out the final 2 minites of that quarter and shot 9 of 9 from the field and 11 for 11 from the line which was far better then the Iceman's 33 point game. So the bottom line MJ didnt come close to these feats that Kobe did he never even scored 70 in a game and Kobe could have had 4 of them. So lifetime scoreing average comparisons and pointless between these two guys. They are two of the best scorers of all time and truth is Kobe was a better scorer then MJ and if you placed Kobe on that Bulls team dduring those years he would have surpassed MJ surely but as fortunes have it we will never know. Im not saying Kobe is the better player but I am saying he was the better scorer. MJ and Kobe both were the best 1 on 1 lockdown defenders I have seen in their prime but for a solid 48 minites from start to finish MJ was the better defender which makes it impossible to say Kobe was the better overall player. Who will go down as the greatest ever? Well ask me in 5 years and I will let you know.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:53 pm
 

Kobe says he'd retire before going somewhere else

tell me what happend to jordan whe he didn't have scottie pippen 



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:49 pm
 

Kobe says he'd retire before going somewhere else

5 point more per game hell yeah becuase jordan did have a lot of help that's why and now the defence  the system of defence has change a lot  now is more tough  and how many defenders did you see vs jordan not a lot kobe is more defended has to take more dificult shoots than jordan ever did  jordan had  alot of easy shots than kobe  compare stats well then wilt chamberlain is the king in stats. no matter what kobe will be the G.O.A.T  AH YEHA JORDAN 6  MVP FINALS bla bla that because of scottie pippen  tell me what happen 6 o 7 yrs before pippen came to the bulls   jordan was like lebron now choke in finals  all about stats  and nothing about wiming champs lol 



Since: Feb 7, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:18 pm
 

Kobe says he'd retire before going somewhere else

lol at all the kobe haters that read the article about kobe



Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:22 pm
 

Kobe says he'd retire before going somewhere else

I don't care about top ten stuff. I do know this, and that is he won two rings without Shaq. Forget all the comparison against Michael Jordan. The two are different people. I wish people would stop comparing people to Micahel. I am not a Kobe fan by no means of the imagination, but we as fans have to give him just due. He is who he is. He's done alot more than say some who haven't won a ring. Not to mention he did after Shaq. So call it what you may. Selfish, I wouldn't say so. Right now, he having to carry the load. Not all of it. Was Michael selfish when he first came into the league. If you look at the roster back then you will see that he had alot of help. For those who may not know. He jacked up up alot of shots because he was the new IT.



Since: Jul 4, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 2:48 pm
 

Kobe says he'd retire before going somewhere else

Jordan - 32,292 points in 1079 games played
Kobe - 28.601 points in 1128 games

Please don't ever use career points to compare players, it's a useless stat.  In 107 of those games Jordan was ages 38-39.  Jordan averaged almost 5 points more per game for his career than Kobe
And Jordan never had to share the ball with a CENTER like Shaq who dominated the touches while he was in L.A. 



Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 2:26 pm
 

Kobe says he'd retire before going somewhere else

...and Jordan was not selfish, in fact NBA could stand for narcisistic Basketball League, just look at the new "best Player" Lebron(twitter) James. At least Kobe has worked his ass off to get where he is, only Jordan nears that intensity! Kobe is top 5 all time and top 5 selfish!




Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 2:19 pm
 

Jordan

Jordan - 32,292 points in 1079 games played
Kobe - 28.601 points in 1128 games

Please don't ever use career points to compare players, it's a useless stat.  In 107 of those games Jordan was ages 38-39.  Jordan averaged almost 5 points more per game for his career than Kobe.


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