Kobe Bryant to retire at end of 2015-16 season

Lakers guard guard Kobe Bryant dribbles to the basket against Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the second half at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter on Saturday. Bryant announced that he will retire at the end of this season on Sunday.

Five-time National Basketball Association champion Kobe Bryant announced on Sunday that he will retire at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Bryant, who is struggling through the worst season of his illustrious 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, said in a poem posted on the Players’ Tribune website that “I'm ready to let go.”

The 37-year-old guard, who is third on the NBA's all-time scoring list, has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons and has a career-worst 31.5 shooting percentage through his first 12 games of the current campaign.

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