Bryant shared the big news in an opening letter on The Players' Tribune. He said, "This season is all I have left to give. My heart can take the pounding. My mind can handle the grind. But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.”
After the news broke, many celebrities took to social media to post about the Lakers star, including “Extra’s” Mario Lopez, Justin Timberlake, Gigi Hadid, Rob Lowe, and George Lopez.
Read some of the reactions!
A few years ago, Kobe sat down with "Extra's" Mario Lopez to chat about his plans after basketball. His answer may surprise many. Watch!
Kobe has played for the Los Anglees Lakers since the age of 17 in 1996, his entire career. He has won five NBA championships with the team.