EXCLUSIVE: Kobe Bryant not retiring in Rio Olympics

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Retiring LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant has announced that he will not play in the Olympics to be held in Rio de Janerio this summer, reports FOX Sports.

Prior to his Los Angeles’ game in Utah, Bryant made the shocking announcement telling the media that it is the “young guys’ turn.”

“I think it’s the young guys’ turn to go and play and perform,” Bryant told the media.

“Since my retirement announcement, I’m able to watch these guys in a different light. I’ve come to terms with the fact that they are the future of this game. These are the guys who deserve the spots in Rio. These are the guys who people need to watch and root for. These are the guys to show fans where this game is going in the future,” Bryant said according to the report.

However, back in November he announced that he is still eager to play one last time for Team USA.

“It would mean the world to me to be around those guys. I think to be able to have a chance to continue the relationship that I already have with most of those guys, talking and just kind of being around each other and understanding that this is it, it’s just us being together, that would be fun,” Bryant said.

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