The main storyline of the Los Angeles Lakers 2015-16 season has been the impending retirement of Kobe Bryant. The legendary Lakers wing will hang up his Nike's for good upon the conclusion of the Lakers' 82nd and final game of the year, and while much time has been spent discussing his legacy as well as his level of play during his last season, it is still unknown exactly how he will spend the rest of his life.
Bryant has previously said he wants to be involved with storytelling, and literally laughed at the idea of becoming a coach, but beyond that it is still unknown what his plans are for retirement. Those interested were given a little bit more clarity by NBA commissioner Adam Silver on Saturday, who during his press conference on the state of the league revealed that Bryant had spoken with him about staying involved with the NBA "after he takes some time to decompress," according to Bill Oram of the O.C. Register.
Being involved with the NBA could mean anything, from owning a team (which Bryant has previously expressed an interest in), or becoming an NBA analyst or general manager, or even just making appearances at league events.
Whatever Bryant chooses to do, it stands to reason Silver would be open to it, given how effusively he praised the future Hall of Famer on Saturday:
Silver: I don't think there's any doubt [Kobe] will go down as one of the greatest players in NBA history.— Michael Pina (@MichaelVPina) February 14, 2016
Silver on Kobe: "I've watched his game since the day he came into the league." Calls him one of the greatest to ever play.— Bill Oram (@billoram) February 14, 2016
Silver: "In addition to being a great player. (Kobe's) punched way above his weight in terms of the impact he's had" globally.— Bill Oram (@billoram) February 14, 2016
Silver is right, and it's safe to say that no matter how Bryant chooses to spend his second life, he will always be most remembered for his first one as a basketball player.
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