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NBA Rumors: Kobe Bryant To Retire After Next Season?

Kobe Bryant has made it known that he wants to win six rings just like Michael Jordan did. However, Kobe Bryant may do something that Michael could never do: know when to hang it up.

Yesterday, Kobe Bryant came out and said,

“I’m not the type of guy to do that. I’ll give you the great effort, my best effort, but if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen … But I’ll be damned if it doesn’t.”

With the addition of Steve Nash this off-season, the Los Angeles Lakers are making a full court press to not only win another title but help Kobe tie (or break) MJ’s record. The Lakers have been busy this offseason besides their trade for point guard Steve Nash.

The Lakers traded for Darius Johnson-Odom and either signed or re-signed Darius Morris, Antawn Jamison and Jordan Hill.

The Lakers are expected to contend for a NBA Finals this year, especially after the addition of Nash. With a starting five of Nash, Bryant, Metta World Peace, Andrew Bynum, and Pau Gasol, it will be tough to count the Lakers out.

However, their bench must improve if the Lakers want to be contenders. Steve Blake is decent, but nothing special at backup point guard. Jamison will be a solid backup power forward, but besides those two, the Lakers do not have many reliable options off the bench.

Who else could the Lakers go for? They could use another consistent scorer, especially when their stars are either in foul trouble or off the court.

Regardless, Kobe Bryant is going to have a tough choice in two years, especially if the Lakers fail to win another title by then. Will Kobe Bryant try and win another title, or ride off gracefully into retirement?

Paul Troupe is the lead writer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and San Antonio Spurs, while covering many major sports for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter @gamin4HIM