Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak may have just dropped a mini bombshell on Los Angeles fans and fans of basketball in general, indicating 2015-16 will be Kobe's last in the purple and gold.
"He has indicated to me that this is it," Kupchak said Thursday in a radio appearance with SiriusXM NBA Radio.
This implies that Kobe will not just be done with the Lakers, but with the game of basketball. His injury problems like two-time surgically repaired legs and a surgically repaired shoulder and the Lakers presumably far from a title contender make it seem like next season is his swansong. Kupchak continued
"I think first and foremost, he's on the last year of a deal," Kupchak told SiriusXM NBA Radio. "There have been no discussions about anything going forward. I don't think there will be." [...]
"A year from now, if there's something different to discuss, then it will be discussed then," Kupchak said of Bryant potentially playing beyond next season. "I talk to him from time to time ... and he is recovering. He's running. He's getting movement and strength in the shoulder. We expect a full recovery, but yeah, he's much closer to the end than to the beginning."
"I think it is clear," Kupchak said. "He's on the last year of his deal. There have been no discussions [about playing beyond next season]. He hasn't indicated that he wants to continue to play."