Kobe Bryant explains why he doesn’t miss playing basketball

BY Nunzio Ingrassia • April 24, 2017

It’s been a little more than year since we last saw Kobe Bryant in an NBA game. The memory is probably still fresh for most after Bryant scored 60 points in his finale, a fitting exclamation point on a career that had so many defining moments.

So it’s safe to assume that ultra-competitive Black Mamba desperately misses the game after playing 20 seasons, right? Don’t be so sure about that.

“No, I don’t,” Bryant said bluntly Monday on “Good Morning America.”


Bryant said the reason he doesn’t miss it is because the game is still a part of him.

"I started playing when I was 2, and so after playing for 20 years in the league, what I have now, everything I've learned from the game, I carry with me to this day, so the game's never truly left me.

"Physically, yes, but emotionally and the things that I write all stem from the game, so it's still a part of me. ... It's very hard to let go of something you've done for half your life."