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Kobe Bryant: 'I could extend career beyond next season'

Kobe Bryant hints that he could extend his career beyond the expiration of his Los Angeles Lakers contract.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has suggested that he could extend his career beyond the end of his current deal.

The 36-year-old was ruled out for the rest of the campaign in January after picking up a shoulder injury, but he insists that he will be fully fit to return for next season.

"Who the hell said I was retiring next year?" Bryant told reporters. "There was never a question for me, whether or not I was going to play next year. It was never a question."

The 17-time All-Star's current deal expires at the end of next season, and despite admitting that the plan is to retire, he says that prolonging his career is a possibility.

"As I sit here right now, do I want to play after next year? No. That could change," he added.

Injuries have restricted Bryant to just 41 games in the last two seasons.


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