Don't expect Bryant to take much time off after that last buzzer sounds.
"I'm incapable of taking a break," the 37-year-old Lakers icon said Wednesday after his team's 119-107 loss to the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. "I like working. I like being active. I like doing things. My mind has to be focused on something, has to be. So, no, I'll be at work the next day."
Bryant, who scored 17 points on 5-of-13 shooting against the Suns, has said one of his main interests is making sports films, such as documentaries. He has a personal film crew, 20th Season LLC, following him everywhere this season.
There are 11 games left on the Lakers' schedule, but Bryant said he doesn't feel the weight of his impending NBA exit.
"You know, it really feels the same to me. It didn't get any more real for me than the moment I realized I don't want to do this anymore," he said. "It wasn't even a matter of a countdown or 'What is it going to be like when this day comes?' The day has already come for me. It came, and it went. Once the decision was made that I don't want to do this anymore, that was it. I haven't thought about what it's going to be like or anything of that nature. For me, the biggest decision was the actual decision itself."
Does Bryant see the end of his career as sad, as many of his fans do?
"Once the decision was made that I don't want to do this anymore, that was it. I haven't thought about what it's going to be like or anything of that nature."Kobe Bryant
"It should be viewed as a great moment, I think," he said. "It's a celebration, really. It's 20 years. I'm very fortunate to play 20 years. That's a long time. The way I've always looked at it is, don't be sad about it. Hopefully, throughout my career, you can take some of the attributes that I've had, like focus and things like that, and you can carry on whatever it is that you choose to do."
Without Bryant, next season will undoubtedly be drastically different for the Lakers. The same can be said for Bryant. When the 2016-17 season begins, will he be watching?
"It's difficult for me to actually watch an entire game from start to end because the game is just too long," Bryant said with a laugh. "It's too long. I just can't. It's true, though. The game is like five hours. In terms of what I'll be feeling emotionally, I don't know. I think I'll be at peace with that. I don't think there will be an itch or anything like that. I'll probably watch and talk to a lot of the players like I talk to them now. I think I'll be fine."
"Michael and I are very different," Bryant said. "We're very similar from a competition perspective and all that, but we're very, very different, so no."