The Mamba focused on coming back stronger next season.
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is not contemplating retirement this summer, as he continues his rehabilitation from a torn Achilles.
The 34-year-old suffered the injury in the closing stages of the regular season and having been ruled out of the NBA Playoffs, the Lakers were ultimately eliminated in the first round against the San Antonio Spurs.
Bryant had been enjoying a productive season up to that point, as following the arrival of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash last summer much was expected of this Lakers team.
However, with coaching changes and a lack of chemistry hindering them in the early part of the season, the Mamba was unable to add to his Championships tally, but is confident that he will have another chance next season.
He took to Twitter to set the record straight, revealing that the day he retires may come soon but he has no plans for that to happen this summer.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) May 20, 2013
The Lakers face a difficult off-season, with several key decisions set to be made over the future of certain players. Howard is an unrestricted free agent as of July, and after a tumultuous first year in LA it is unclear as to whether he wishes to remain for another season.
There are also doubts over Pau Gasol, with Kobe making it clear in his season exit interview that he will speak to management to ensure that the Spaniard stays.
However, the Staples Center will see Bryant again, as the veteran superstar is determined to overcome his setback and return to the floor in the near future.