Kobe Bryant announced Sunday he will retire after this season, his 20th in the NBA.
Bryant has suffered Achilles' tendon, shoulder and knee injuries that prematurely ended his last three seasons, and at age 37 the decline in his play has been very evident this season.
Before Sunday’s game, Bryant was shooting only 31.5% from the field this season and ranked 119th out of 119 eligible NBA players in field-goal percentage, just behind Denver rookie guard Emmanuel Mudiay (32.4%).
Bryant has also been attempting, and missing, more three-point shots than ever. Bryant ranked 106th out of 106 players in three-point percentage (19.5%) going into Sunday’s game. He...