LA Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is finally returning to the line-up this season and there are plenty of questions surrounding the future Hall of Famer regarding his future.
With that said, he decided to answer those questions and right now, he is only focused on making a triumphant return and he will think of the retirement after the upcoming season is over and he is officially a free agent.
“I just let (the concerns) go after a while, man,” said Bryant via USA Today . “You have to ask yourself, did you do everything you possibly could to prepare for the season? And I have. I’ve trained really hard to get to this point, and you have to be comfortable with that. Whatever happens is really beyond your control.”
For him, there’s no time to think of tomorrow when his playing days are already numbered. The superstar just want to play every game like its last and see how his body will fare throughout the course of the season.
“Just play the game that’s right in front of you,” he said. “That means a lot at this age to be able to do that, when you can react to situations, when you have the physical capability to react to situations, the skills are still there to react to situations. That’s an accomplishment in and of itself. And being healthy man. I’d love to play all year, too.”
Lastly, he ridiculed the comparisons of him and Michael Jordan at age 37 as they are both in completely different situation at the respective points of their career.
“This is uncharted territory,” he said. “My 37 (years old) isn’t MJ’s 37 (when he returned after taking two seasons off to play for the Washington Wizards), you know what I mean? Nor is it the same team or the same system that he was playing in. It’s much, much different.”
“There’s really no barometer, no (precedent) for training physically, for recovery. It’s uncharted territory.”