Since being traded to the team on draft day in 1996, Kobe Bryant has been a loyal life-long Laker.
Bryant even recently compared his loyalty to the Lakers to the Titanic, stating:
“If this was the Titanic, I’m going down with the ship. I’m not jumping off.”
Bryant’s devotion to the only team he has played for professionally is evident. He could have left L.A. to chase championships elsewhere in the twilight of his career, instead of toiling around on lottery-bound Laker teams, and blowing out his body in the process. After five championships, and countless individual accolades, no one would have blamed him.
Bryant didn’t bolt however. His Los Angeles Loyalty – and a fat contract – kept him in purple and gold, and at this point, it seems quite clear that Kobe Bryant will retire, whenever he decides to, as a Los Angeles Laker.