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Kobe says Jordan was one of first to know his retirement plans (0:35)

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Kobe Bryant on his decision to retire at the end of this season: "Ive talked to several players. Ive been fortunate enough to actually be able to pick up the phone and call a lot of my muses and speak to them and kind of get their perspective on what they went through. But ultimately its a decision that I had to make. What do I feel? Do I want to play again or dont I? Its a very simple question, but its a hard question when you look in the mirror to ask yourself. The reality is, no, I dont, so why belabor it?"

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Fans received a letter from Kobe Bryant at tonight's game at Staples Center. Why? "Theyve got to know how much theyve meant to me," Bryant said. "And a letter doesnt do any justice, honestly. I grew up here. Its important for people to understand how serious I take that and why I would never  despite many offers  go some place else. It would just not happen. This is my home and I wanted to let them know how much theyve meant to me, how much I appreciate them. Even a letter cant do it justice."


Rewind: Kobe Bryant's 81-point night

Take a trip back to Jan. 22, 2006 when Stuart Scott brought us all the highlights of Kobe Bryant's 81-point performance against the Raptors.

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Kobe was a star among stars

Kobe Bryant has been selected to the All-Star team 17 times in his career, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19) for the most in NBA history. He's also tied with Karl Malone for the most first-team All-NBA selections (11).


Monmouth's Jones posterizes defender

Deon Jones right went over a USC player to throw down a vicious one-handed dunk.

Kobe playing like he isn't ready to retire (0:25)
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Kobe's place in history

When he retires at the end of the season, Kobe Bryant will be third on the NBA's all-time scoring list, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone. Bryant is 17th in career games played, needing only 44 more to move up to 11th.

Kobe feeling at peace with decision to retire (2:31)

Kobe Bryant at the podium

Kobe Bryant is speaking to the media for the first time since announcing we would retire after the seasonearlier in the day. Live on SportsCenter

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Kobe has been very philosophical in this news conference....even while answering questions in Spanish, talking about "corazon" and "amor"

More Bryant from the podium

"If I had a burning desire to continue to play, I would. I wouldn't second guess it. I wouldn't be sitting on the fence. I feel solid."

Lakers, Kobe fall to Pacers (1:13)

Kobe Bryant at the podium

"At some point, I just had to accept the fact that I don't want to do this anymore. And I'm okay with that."

Final: Pacers 107, Lakers 103

Kobe Bryant was off for most of the night, but a theatric 3-pointer late made it interesting as Paul George poured in 39 points to lead all scorers. Box score

Rewind: Kobe Bryant's 81-point night (2:35)

Lakers resale prices skyrocketing

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, resale prices had already jumped 25 to 30 percent before Kobe Bryant announced he would retire at the end of the sesaon, and in some markets tickets will jump another 50 to 100 percent.