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Former players say Kobe Bryant must work on transition game

Former players say Kobe Bryant must work on transition game

After Kobe Bryant announced a week ago that he would retire at the end of this season, The Times reached out to several retired NBA players to get their thoughts on what it's like to transition into a life after basketball.

Something each of the former players agreed on is that exiting a game they've loved since childhood isn't easy, and for those who can't come to grips immediately with not playing basketball anymore, it can cause some mental anguish.

"Depression is real in the NBA for retired players," said Grant Hill, a seven-time All-Star who played 19 years in the pros. "It's the one thing that validates you, and now you don't have that. The game, this...

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