CBS Sports reports that National Basketball Association (NBA) analyst Shaquille O’Neal is rumored to have remarked at a public debate with fellow analyst Charles Barkley that Kobe Bryant ought not to retire post season.
Barkley retired at the age of 36 after playing with the Houston Rockets for more than four seasons. O’Neal’s career lasted longer than Barkley’s as he was 38 years old when he retired. He spent a season with the Boston Celtics and another with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Both tried to win NBA titles with their talented teams.
O’Neal said: “If you still got something, you should go because once it’s done you can’t get it back. If I hadn’t got hurt I would have went on and played my last season to try and break Wilt Chamberlain’s scoring record.”
Kobe Bryant is close to setting a number of records. He has played 19 seasons in the NBA and has to his credit 32,482 career points, which makes him the third all-time scorer. He has also earned more through salaries than any other NBA player. In 2014 – 15 alone, he earned more than $303.2 million and is on the way to making another $25 million in 2015 – 16. Jerry Buss, the owner of the Lakers, wants Bryant back for the next season too.
Bryant hasn’t officially declared that he will retire, but this doesn’t stop analysts from discussing the issue. One may expect many more rumors about Bryant’s future, depending a lot on the performance of the Los Angeles Lakers.