And while that time has yet to come, the Black Mamba already seems to be enjoying some of the perks of retired life.
In this case, it's a Los Angeles Kings date night with his wife, Vanessa, showcased via the team's Kiss Cam, which features the smiling pair enjoying their evening.
Although Kobe will no longer be stepping out onto the hardwood after this season, Lakers fans can rest assured that they'll never be too far from him.
From the looks of things, it appears Bryant will be making more than the occasional Staples Center visit.
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