Kobe Bryant to Retire? Group Discussion

Anthony PascualContributor IFebruary 1, 2010

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers holds the Bill Russell MVP trophy and the Larry O'Brien trophy after defeating the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 14, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. The Lakers won 99-86.  NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Will Kobe Bryant retire?  This is the question i have heard one too many times this week.  Why would he retire now? has someone hear something i haven't?  Last time i checked, Kobe was the defending champ.  He has shown zero signs of retiring.  Can someone please tell me whats going on.