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Kobe announces he will retire after this season

Kobe Bryant announced he will retire after this season in a first-person story on The Players' Tribune website, writing "This season is all I have left to give."

Kobe feeling at peace with decision to retire (2:31)
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Rush is on as Warriors soar to 18-0 start

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Jordan draws nothing but air, twice

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Rewind: Kobe Bryant's 81-point night

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


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 1st-team All-NBA selections (11).

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Will road finally lead to Dubs' defeat?

The Warriors will take their record 18-0 start to Salt Lake City on Monday for the first of a seven-game road trip. Will they return home with 25 wins stuffed into the overhead bin?


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 currently 17th in career games played, and needs to play just 44 more to move up to 11th.

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Kobe Bryant on retirement

Kobe Bryant addressed the media to explain how he came to the decision to retire at the conclusion of the 2015-16 NBA season.


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

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Kobe on MJ "Hes actually one fo the first people that I told over the summer." What did Kobe say? "This is it." MJ: Just enjoy it."

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

Lakers, Kobe fall to Pacers

On the day he announced he'd retire at the end of the season, Kobe Bryant scored 13 points on 4-of-20 shooting from the field in Los Angeles' 107-103 loss to Indiana.


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Kobe says he didnt consider retiring now: "Theres so much beauty in the pain of this thing. Says he wants to play a full season.

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."

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

'There will never be another Kobe Bryant'

Magic Johnson on what Kobe Bryant has meant to the NBA: "He's going to go down as one of the greatest that's ever played. But you know when it's time. And I'm sure he felt that it was time."


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.


Lakers storming back on Pacers

Julius Randle rumbled down the lane for a jam and Los Angeles has closed a double-digit deficit to 6 points with just over 6 minutes left in the game. Paul George leads all scorers with 27 points while Nick Young has 19 off the bench for L.A. Follow live

Kobe's 81-point game on SportsCenter

With Kobe Bryant's announcement that he will retire after the season, SportsCenter is re-airing highlights of the Mamba's 81-point game vs. the Raptors in 2006 -- the second-highest scoring game in NBA history. Coming up on SportsCenter

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Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak on watching Kobe struggle this season: "Like everybody else, I go back and forth. I talk to Kobe about it and he says its timing and getting my legs under me and conditioning, getting used to playing with different players. And I buy in. Then I watch the games on TV and I read the paper and I remind myself that hes 37 years old and maybe its more than that. So I go back and forth on it."