Lakers’ Kobe Bryant announces retirement

Kobe Bryant announces he will retire after this season

Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant announced Sunday that he would retire from the NBA after this season. “My heart can take the pounding, my mind can handle the grind, but my body knows it’s time to say goodbye,” the 37-year-old wrote on The Players Tribune in a letter that opened, “Dear Basketball.” Bryant has won five NBA titles in a career that began when he was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets as the 13th overall pick at age 17. Hampered by injuries since 2013, he is struggling this season, as has his team, which has a 2-13 record.

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