Kobe Bryant announces retirement at season's end.

Kobe Bryant Announces Retirement at Season’s End

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Most of us already knew that this was likely to be Kobe Bryant’s last season. Bryant’s poor start to the season strengthened the thought that this was it. Kobe Bryant made it official on Sunday just prior to tip off of the Lakers’ game versus the Indiana Pacers. 

The announcement was first made through Bryant’s Facebook and Twitter page which provided a link to his poem style message posted on The Players’ Tribune site.

The Los Angeles Lakers also handed out a letter of Kobe’s retirement announcement in a sealed envelope to fans attending Sunday night’s game.

The completion of Bryant’s 20th season will all have been all with the same franchise which is an NBA record.

Amassing great on the court feats in his long career it figures that Bryant would rank as the all-time leader for the Lakers’ franchise in most of the statistical categories.

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The announcement will remove the cloud of uncertainty that has been hovering over the Lakers all season as it relates Kobe and their immediate future.

With 66 games remaining in the season, 34 at home and 32 on the road, the announcement so early in the season will provide Kobe Bryant fans a chance to purchase tickets to see him for the last time.

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