Kobe Bryant on future: 'I can't say it is the end'

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Kobe Bryant on future: I can't say it is the end
Monday February 16th, 2015

Injured Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant told NBATV in an interview scheduled to air Monday that he hopes for a career "rebirth" like the San Antonio Spurs have had in recent years.

In the hour-long program titled "Kobe: The Interview," Bryant discusses his future and how his rehab is going.

Bryant is out for the season after having surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, but says he expects to be ready for the team's training camp in September.

Bryant has suffered season-ending injuries each of the last three seasons. He tore his Achilles in April 2013 and fractured his knee in December 2013.

"I can't say it is the end," Bryant told NBATV. "I thought the Spurs were done 20 years ago. Those guys are still winning. So, to answer the question, I can't say this is the end of my era because I thought their [era] was done and they're still there. So I'm hoping I can have the same rebirth."

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Bryant, 36, averaged 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 35 games this season.

The 17-time All-Star and 11-time All-NBA First Team selection says what drives him is seeing if he can come back from another injury.

"I don't know if I can. I want to find out. I want to see," Bryant said. "What I'm going to do is do what I always do: I'm going to break everything down to its smallest form, smallest detail, and go after it day by day. Just one day at a time."

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