Kobe Bryant's announcement that he will retire at the end of this NBA season captured the basketball world's attention, if not its surprise, on Sunday afternoon. His post-game press conference after the night's 107-103 loss to the Indiana Pacers served as a reminder that the Los Angeles Lakers icon's eccentricities and focus will be impossible to replace.
Speaking to media for the first time since his post for The Players' Tribune, Kobe explained the rationale behind his decision and held forth on a number of related topics. It was a fascinating exchange, arguably more watchable than any of the day's basketball games. Take a look:
The full 25-minute video is available on NBA.com, as well. If you can't watch either video, then here's a short rundown of the highlights. The big news came early, when Bryant simply explained that basketball is no longer one of his obsessions:Read More »from Kobe: 'I had to accept the fact I don't want to do this anymore'