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Kobe was never going to retire this summer, says so on twitter

May 20, 2013, 1:26 AM EDT

Kobe Bryant AP

I’m not sure about some of you.

Did you really think Kobe Bryant was going to allow the last image of him on an NBA court to be that of him limping off after his Achilles injury? Does that seem like him? At all?

Yet, when Kobe said he was going to make a major announcement on his Facebook page this weekend twitter and other corners of the online world became hot with the rumor he was going to retire. Because stupid rumors catch fire on twitter sometimes.

So, Kobe himself shot it down.

The big announcement? An event in Los Angeles this August called “Kobe Up Close” to raise money for he and his wife’s foundation, which is focused on homelessness issues. A good cause.

People, Kobe is going to be back next season. Whether he plays beyond that (his contract is up after next season) depends on a whole lot of factors, but you can bet Kobe is not going to let the last image of him on the court be the one you have in your mind.

Now, let’s move on to real issues.

  1. claymatthewsisonsteroids - May 20, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    I’ve never seen a player so concerned about what people say about him.

    • mytthor - May 20, 2013 at 2:02 AM

      Then you didn’t look very hard. How about the center on his own team?

      Kobe cares about his image and how he’s perceived, but he doesn’t seem to care when people don’t like him. In fact, he seems to enjoy it somewhat.

      • casualcommenter - May 20, 2013 at 3:17 AM

        I’m going to go out on a limb here, but I’d guess a guy named, “”claymatthewsisonsteroids” is probably a troll.

        He’s probably a kid who is a fan of one of the teams that gets regularly destroyed by the Green Bay Packers (so I’m guessing a bad NFC North team).

      • skids003 - May 20, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        Yeah, he thinks he is the greatest human being to ever set foot on planet Earth. If you don’t believe it, just ask him. His ego is the size of Texas. He won’t retire until he’s the alltime leading scorer, and he’ll shoot enough to get there.

    • asimonetti88 - May 20, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      The Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation does a lot of great work in Los Angeles to fight the issue of homelessness.

      Kobe partnered with a resource center in Hollywood for homeless youths called My Friend’s Place in 2011. Thanks to Bryant’s foundation, My Friend’s Place underwent a complete renovation. According to the LA Times, My Friend’s Place has helped over 1800 homeless individuals since Bryant’s partnership in 2011.

      In 2012, Kobe spent significant time working on Los Angeles’ famous Skid Row, releasing a web series titled “Mission”, to bring awareness to the stories of the homeless individuals in the area.

      “You have to do something that carries a little bit more weight to it, a little more significance, a little more purpose to it. My career is winding down. At the end of my career, I don’t want to look back and just say, ‘Well, I had a successful career because I won so many championships and scored so many points.’ There’s something else that you have to do with that,” said Bryant.

      Thank you Kobe for working so hard on this important issue.

      • fanofevilempire - May 20, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        isn’t Kobes mom homeless too??

        I had to do it, huge Kobe fan but that was too easy ;-)

  2. cmehustle - May 20, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    The Lakers window is closed. At least this squad they have now. 2014 is all they have to look forward to for now, and thats only if Dwight stays and they bag Lebron. If I was Dwight though, why not Houston? He really doesnt strike me as an LA guy, and neither does Lebron. It may be awhile in the dumps for Lakers fans if they cant get those two. Kobes reign is done, certainly an all time great but its pretty much over.

    • tsi431 - May 20, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      Poor guys have to wait a whole season until they can expect to make the playoffs again, oh wait. That’s right only one team can win. I guess the Clippers, OKC, Knicks, Houston, Denver, Chicago, and Boston’s windows are also closed.

    • topdawg4ever - May 20, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      What is this crazy talk about LeBron going to LA? Why would he leave a winning team where he’s THE MAN and go to LA which is Kobe’s team (ask him- he’ll tell you) and will be in re-building mode for the next 2-3 years?

  3. davidly - May 20, 2013 at 6:22 AM

    I’m sure he sets a lot of personal goals for himself, including another NBA title, and whether that’s realistic or not is irrelevant. If he had given up on the unrealistic in life, he have his astonishing record of achievement.

    And what is so close within reach–now made into an interesting challenge considering his injury: I imagine he would like to surpass Jordan’s points total. And who wouldn’t?

    • davidly - May 20, 2013 at 6:26 AM

      correction: If he had given up on the unrealistic in life, he wouldn’t have his astonishing record of achievement.

  4. loungefly74 - May 20, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Kobe is still better than 90% of the league…easily.

  5. acdc363 - May 20, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Man it’ll be a sad day for all us NBA fans when Kobe retires.

    • cmehustle - May 20, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      Lol!! It will be a sad day for you Kobe fans. The NBA will go on and continue to be a great league. All of “us” NBA fans will be ok. You can put on your Kobe pajamas and youtube the 2000 finals and reminisce for the next 25 years, Im ridin wit Andrew Wiggins!

      • spthegr8 - May 20, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        @cme
        Cool story, bro!!!

      • cmehustle - May 20, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        Lol!

      • asimonetti88 - May 20, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        It will be a sad day for the Kobe haters. Hating on a retired player is kind of pathetic.

  6. rodge1 - May 20, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Sure hope Kobe doesn’t retire anytime soon. His contract is crippling the Lakers and keeping them from being able to add more talent while keeping them mediocre.

    • rjlink1 - May 20, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      Is that true though? Wouldn’t the Lakers be over the cap whether he was making $10 million or $30 million? The Lakers’ problem is the Kobe contract AND paying Pau AND Dwight AND Metta AND Nash. If you’re going top heavy like that, your players better be in their primes and not hurt. See Miami.

    • fanofevilempire - May 20, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      you can watch ALL the Raptors games you want, they will never be the Kobe/ Lakers

  7. packhawk04 - May 20, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    I hope kobe doesnt go favre on everyone with retirement.

  8. starship7 - May 20, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    And he still won’t win anymore rings regardless of how many years he plays.

    • fanofevilempire - May 20, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      5ive is quite a lot, how many does your favorite player have?

  9. dbaldwin215 - May 20, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Best basketball players ever: 6. Kobe 5. Jordan 4. Dirk Nowitzki 3. Steve Nash 2. John Stockton 1. Larry Bird..Larry Bird is arguably the greatest athlete of any sport.

  10. denverdude7 - May 20, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Kobe should man up and demand a trade to Cleveland. If he is any good at all he will win a championship for the Cavaliers.

  11. topdawg4ever - May 20, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Kobe will retire when they haul him off the court in a stretcher.

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