NBA Star Kobe Bryant Is Retiring This Year After His 16th Season
|NBA Star Kobe Bryant Is Retiring This Year After His 16th Season|
The five-time NBA champ has dealt with two injury-plagued seasons, most recently being sidelined with a tear to his rotator cuff.
Bryant, 36, is 21 games into his 19th season in the league, all with the Lakers.
But recent times have been tough for the five-time NBA champion.
He suffered a season-ending Achilles tear in 2013, and injuries limited him to six games last season.
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The Lakers, meanwhile, have struggled.
They had the second-worst record in the Western Conference last season, and entering Wednesday they found themselves in the same position this season at 5-16 despite Bryant averaging 25.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.