Kobe Bryant says he will retire at end of 2015-16 season

Kobe Bryant (24) celebrates after winning championship vs Boston Celtics. Game 7. Los Angeles, CA 6/17/2010 (Photo by Bob Rosato /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant (24) celebrates after winning championship vs Boston Celtics. Game 7. Los Angeles, CA 6/17/2010 (Photo by Bob Rosato /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers says he has decided to retire after this season.

The 37-year-old Bryant made the announcement in a post on The Players’ Tribune on Sunday. The decision was not totally unexpected, given that Bryanthas said many times in recent weeks that he was considering making his 20th NBA season his last.

There’s no more wondering now.

After two decades, two Olympic gold medals, five championship rings, 17 All-Star selections, an 81-point game that ranks as the second-best in NBA history and more than 32,000 points, Bryant’s career is officially winding down.

“This season is all I have left to give,” Bryant said in what he called a letter entitled “Dear Basketball.”


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