Vino has no immediate plans to retire despite speculation surrounding his future.
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant believes he can continue playing for another three years as he continues his rehabilitation work over the summer.
The headlines continue to be dominated by Dwight Howard this summer, as the former Orlando Magic big makes his free agency decision.
It is understood that he is continuing to hold meetings with different franchises, with the Atlanta Hawks next on his list as the Lakers wait patiently.
Nevertheless, Bryant has given the Lakers fans something to cheers about this summer, revealing that he believes he still has at least three more years to give before retiring from the game.
The Mamba is currently in rehabilitation as he recovers from a torn Achilles tendon suffered at the end of the regular season last year.
Widely regarded as one of the best players to ever grace the court, there were initial worries that he may not be able to return, or at least perform at the same level.
However, he has ruled out the rumours of an impending retirement, and believes that he can perform at a high level for years to come.
I asked @kobebryant how long he'll play: "I feel pretty damn confident I can be at a high level for at least another three years."
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) July 1, 2013
Bryant admitted that the thought had crossed his mind and believes prior to his injury he may well have called time on his career earlier.
However, a combination of his determination to return stronger and the inspiration of seeing the “old” San Antonio Spurs reach an NBA Finals has spurred him on to continue his glittering career in search of another championship.