Bryant: Goal was to win eight NBA championships


Kobe Bryant has five NBA titles to his name but, after announcing his intention to retire on Sunday, admitted he would have liked three more.

The Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard will bring his illustrious 20-year career in the NBA to a close at he end of the 2015-16 campaign.

Bryant won three straight NBA titles with the Lakers from 2000 to 2002 and then won back-to-back championships with Los Angeles in 2009 and 2010.

The 37-year-old also experienced defeat in the Finals, losing in 2004 to the Detroit Pistons and in 2008 to the Boston Celtics.

After 17 games the Lakers have a dismal record of 2-15 and - barring an incredible turnaround - Bryant will not have a chance to win his sixth title.

"I wanted eight championships, as a dreamy kid, growing up ... I wanted eight," Bryant told ABC. 

"Because Magic [Johnson] had five and then Michael [Jordan] had six. And then I said, 'OK, I'm going to win eight.' And had the opportunity to have seven and didn't work out.

"That was my childhood dream was to try to win eight - how ridiculous does that sound?"

Byrant revealed he first began thinking about retirement in 2013 after tearing his Achilles and rejected talk of him being one of the league's best of all time.

"That [the Achilles injury] really frightened me," he added. "Because you know, it was like, 'my career could be over now' It scared me. 'What am I going do next?' sort of thing.

"I would never put myself in the starting five [of all time] ever. 

"I put the people that I've actually learned the most from, being Jordan, Magic, [Larry] Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Jerry West. Those are the players that personally I've learned the most from."