Kobe Bryant isn't thinking about retirement, even as he rehabs from the most devastating injury of his star-studded career.
While on a trip to Brazil, Bryant sat down for a segment produced by Glenda Carqueijo (via Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times) and said, "I could easily see myself playing another three or four years."
That's right, Lakers fans: The Black Mamba may not be ready to call it quits just yet.
He is going to be 35 years old before the 2013-14 season starts, but it's pretty clear that he hopes to extend his playing career beyond next season—the last one on his current contract.
How long do you think Kobe has left?
As someone who is regularly compared to Michael Jordan, Bryant is undoubtedly looking to secure his sixth ring, but he likely has his sights set on climbing up the all-time scoring list as well.
With six titles, would Bryant finally surpass Jordan as the greatest player the game has ever seen?
Obviously, that argument will depend on those involved. Regardless, Kobe isn't someone who suffers from a lack of motivation, so you can bet he has a mental image of Jordan constantly clouding his thoughts.
You can be certain to count on Bryant in his attempt to go down as the best to ever play in the NBA.