The Los Angeles Lakers were headed towards in awkward season this year, as they began the season not knowing if this would be Kobe Bryant's last or not.
In November, Bryant shocked the league when he announced this would be his last season. Though it seemed like we would see it coming at the end of the season, it was still huge that Bryant made the move to announce his retirement early.
Announcing early also helps the Lakers, as they get a better idea of what to do this offseason and plan for the future. This is one of the main reasons why Bryant decided to announce his retirement early in the season, he tells Bleacher Report.
“I knew what I was going to do, so why wait? I’m not going to hold [Lakers’] management hostage either, because they need to start thinking about what it is they want to do [after I’m gone]. And going through this entire season not knowing, that’s not fair. So if you know, let the world know and let them know.”
The Lakers suck this season, but it all worked out in the end. Bryant gets a well-deserved farewell tour, and the Lakers have the roster, cap space and draft picks to build for the future and become a championship contender again.