Los Angeles legend Kobe Bryant has announced he will officially retire from basketball at the end of the 2015-16 NBA season.
The decision doesn’t come as a surprise, especially as injury-plagued Bryant is currently in his worst season in his 20 year career.
Now at the age of 37, Bryant announced his retirement on the Players’ Tribune website saying: “I’m ready to let [basketball] go.”
In those 20 years he appeared in 17 All-Star games, was named the Most Valuable Player for the 2007-08 regular season and landed MVP honors in the 2009 and 2010 Finals when he led the Lakers to consecutive championships.
Bryant won a further three NBA championships with the Lakers, the team he has played for since 1996.
Arguably the greatest basketball player of his generation, Bryant has also won gold medals with the U.S. basketball team at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
Bryant retires after suffering from poor form and regular injuries.
His eight month lay-off in 2013 thanks to a torn Achilles’ tendon, followed by a severe injury have hampered the star’s last three seasons.
A certainty to be inducted on the Hall of Fame, the league’s highest paid player has 66 games left with the Lakers.