'It means everything' - Kobe on retiring with the Lakers


Kobe Bryant says the emotion of his impending retirement has yet to sink in as he prepares for his swansong.

The Los Angeles Lakers star will feature for the final time against Utah Jazz at the Staples Center on Wednesday, bringing the curtain down on a storied 20-year career with the team.

During that time, Bryant helped the Lakers to five NBA titles, and will go down as one of the greatest to ever play the game.

Asked how it would feel to end his career on Wednesday, Bryant said: "It means everything. I grew up a die-hard Laker fan. It's like a dream come true for a kid to grow up and play for his favourite team.

"And to play here for 20 years, an entire career....I've seen the city grow, I've seen the city develop, and vice versa. There's no place where I'd rather end my career.

"Tough to say [whether he will get emotional]. We'll see Wednesday. So far I mean I've been pretty cool about everything. I've been very thankful about everything, I've been very happy about everything. I mean it hasn't really hit me yet."

When asked about his biggest achievement, Bryant cited his ability to continually come back from serious injury.

"Well, coming back from the Achilles injury. And then fracturing my knee cap, and then coming back from that one," he said.

"And then tearing my shoulder, and here I am. It's tough to muster up the motivation to have to keep coming back from season-ending injuries. It's very, very tough."