Kobe Bryant plans to play in all of Lakers’ nine remaining games

Bryant will play in the remaining games “unless something drastic happens,” he said.
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Kobe Bryant plans to play in all of the Los Angeles Lakers’ nine remaining games before ending his career, he said after the team’s 101–81 loss to the Washington Wizards on Sunday night.

Bryant scored 17 points in 23 minutes on Sunday, and said he will continue to play going forward “unless something drastic happens,” according to the team’s Twitter account. Bryant has been nursing a shoulder injury since January, and also missed some time with a sore Achilles that month.

In his 20th and final NBA season, Bryant is averaging 17.1 points, 3.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds over 28.6 minutes per game for the 15–58 Lakers.

Kobe Bryant giving away two front-row tickets to his final NBA game

Lakers schedule

Monday, March 28 at Utah Jazz (9 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, March 30 vs. Miami Heat (10:30 p.m. ET)

Sunday, April 3 vs. Boston Celtics (9:30 p.m. ET)

Tuesday, April 5 at Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, April 6 vs. Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET)

Friday, April 8 at New Orleans Pelicans (8 p.m. ET)

Sunday, April 10 at Houston Rockets (3:30 p.m. ET)

Monday, April 11 at Oklahoma City Thunder (8 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, April 13 vs. Utah Jazz (10:30 p.m. ET)