Shouldn’t Kobe Bryant Come Up With An Exit Strategy For His NBA Retirement?
Is the 2015-16 NBA season going to be Kobe Bryant’s last season in the league? It’s a question that everyone is asking right now, both to Kobe and about Kobe. He has one year remaining on his current contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, so the thought is that he is going to hang up his sneakers once the upcoming season is over. He’s been playing in the NBA for two decades, after all, and his body has started to break down on him. So how much more can he take?
The problem is that Kobe doesn’t know the answer to that question, so he’s been hesitant to reveal his retirement plans in recent months. In fact, just yesterday during Lakers Media Day, Kobe said that he hasn’t decided when he’s going to retire just yet. He’s still weighing his options and taking things one day at a time.
“If it is, it is,” he told reporters when asked if this season will be his last. “If it isn’t, I’ll be ready for next season. I don’t spend too much time thinking about it. I’ve got enough to think about.”
Kobe is right, to a degree. He does have more important things to worry about at the moment. Like, trying to help a young Lakers team compete better than they did last season. But at the same time, shouldn’t Kobe have spent some time this offseason thinking about how he’s going to go about retiring? The problem is that, if he doesn’t have some kind of plan in place moving forward, his retirement is going to be awkward, and there’s a chance that he’ll be forced to hang it up before he’s really ready to do it. He’s putting both himself and the Lakers in a difficult place, because while the team likely wants to celebrate his past accomplishments this season, they also don’t want to start the retirement party for him too early.
It’s why Kobe should seriously consider coming up with an exit strategy. It’s not what he wants to do, but we hope that, at some point this season, he reveals what he plans to do with regards to retirement. Otherwise, we’re all going to be left in a holding pattern wondering whether or not to enjoy the final days of Kobe’s reign or hold off on doing it until sometime in the future.