Michael Jordan retired and came back – and then retired and came back.
Walking away from basketball is difficult for any player, but particularly so for someone as competitive as Jordan. Heck, comeback rumors still emerge occasionally about Jordan, and given everything we know about him, you must at least consider them.
So, it’s no wonder a player who modeled so much of himself as it relates to basketball after Jordan – Kobe Bryant – sees the difficulties of retirement.
The unexpected time off last season forced Bryant to think about his post-basketball future.
“I’m afraid, too,” he said Friday at the summer TV critics’ meeting. “You really have to lean on muses and mentors going forward, just as I did as a kid. It’s about having that next wave of things, which is scary as hell, but it’s fun at the same time.”
Fortunately for Kobe, he has two years and $48.5 million left on his contract. If he wants another deal after that, he’ll get one. His star power will allow him to remain in the NBA a long time – if that’s what he wants.
Also fortunately for Kobe, he seems to understand what lies ahead. That gives him a huge leg up in navigating his post-basketball life. I’m really interested to see what he pursues, but first, he has more time with the Lakers ahead.