As the recovery from the achilles injury is still months away, Kobe went to fans on twitter searching for a slogan to end his career. The winning submission was “The Last Chapter.” Initial reaction to the slogan would be that next year would be his final, but ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne broke news that a source close to Bryant says he wants to “back next season with a vengeance, … (with) two more cracks at it to win seven NBA titles at least.”
Kobe is set to make approximately $30 million next season, and with the Lakers far over the salary cap, the future is uncertain with Dwight Howard’s pending free agency and the carefully planned 2014 cap space. How Kobe will fit into the Lakers long term plans remains to be seen, but Laker Nation hopes he finishes his career as a Laker for life.
Kobe averaged over 27 points per game last season, and made his 11th 1st team All-NBA team.