The 2015-16 NBA season will be the last of Kobe Bryant's contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, and many are assuming it will be the last of his career before he decides to hang it up.

Bryant was asked about retirement recently by ESPN, and he had this to say:

“You gotta retire sometime," he said. "I'm not Benjamin Button, man.”

“I'll be ready to take on that challenge and try to show athletes, listen, we are more than this. I think that's the challenge that I'm ready to take on too. It's like, we can do more than play basketball. We can do more than simply sit here and be puppets for brands and for an industry and this, that and the other. We can build our own s--t. When that time comes, I'll be ready to do that.”

What will a retired Kobe Bryant do?

“Work,” he said. “I love the concept of storytelling. I love inspiring. I love trying to help people reach their full potential ... I think there's a myriad of businesses where storytelling can then connect to because it's all centered around that ... It's all storytelling.”


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