Kobe Bryant Approaches Retirement and Reaches Out to Michael Jordan for Advice
By: Evette Champion
For a long time, Kobe Bryant has looked toward Michael Jordan as an inspiration and tried to emulate his game. Both players have had their playing styles, score dominance, and even championship achievements compared to one another. So it should be no surprise that Bryant turned to Jordan about retirement as he approached his 20th and final NBA season.
Bryant admitted that he was talking to Jordan quite frequently and he (Jordan) was one of the very first people he reached out to regarding the decision.
“[Michael Jordan] is actually one of the first people that I told over the summer. We’ve been in frequent contact,” Bryant said. “We had some laughs, went back and forth about it. But the important thing for him, he said, ‘Just enjoy it. No matter what, just enjoy it. Don’t let anybody take that away from you, no matter what happens, good or bad. Enjoy it, man.'”
Earlier this month, he told Robin Roberts of Good Morning America that it was the appropriate time for him to retire.
“You know, going through my entire career, I’ve never really understood what athletes meant when they said, ‘You — when you know you know.’ But now I certainly understand it … So once I knew this was it, might as well say it.”
He said he came to the decision in the morning when he has 15 minutes of quiet time. This time is usually used to mediate and his mind would drift toward the game. However, he found that his mind wouldn’t go toward the game while meditating. That’s when he said he realized:
“’You know what? It’s getting close. It’s getting close.’ Because now I’m not obsessively thinking about the game anymore. It’s not wired into my subconscious the way it used to be.”
At the end of the interview, Roberts asked him who he thought would win if he and Jordan were to play against each other. Humbly, he said:
“Oh, he would win some. I would win some.”
We want to know who do you think would win between the two?