Kobe Bryant says he could see himself ending career in Italy or China

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Kobe Bryant said he’s unsure when he’ll retire.

The next question, with Kobe’s Lakers contract entering its final season: Where he’ll retire?

There had been talk of Kobe leaving the Lakers in free agency next summer. That seems possible, but unlikely – at least for another NBA team.

Maybe Kobe will finish his career outside the NBA, an idea he and Pau Gasol have previously entertained.

Kobe in a Q&A with Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

Q: After growing up in Italy and spending time in China, could you see yourself ending your career playing at either place?

Kobe: “I can see myself doing that. I can see myself doing a lot of stuff. That’s a whole other question. I will make some decisions when I decide to hang it up.”

I believe Kobe is open to it. I don’t believe it will happen.

Kobe grew up in Italy, and he’s immensely popular in China. Kobe is more internationally inclined than most NBA players.

But a lot of players talk about intentionally ending their careers overseas. Few do.

Kobe was linked to teams in Italy and China during the 2011 lockout, but nothing ever came of it. I see this consideration receiving a similar fate.

If Kobe is healthy enough to play, would he really go somewhere he can’t chase the all-time scoring record or Michael Jordan’s six championships?