Kobe Bryant admitted last season that he could retire when his Los Angeles Lakers contract expires in 2014, but he says he is now gearing up to play three or four more seasons.
"How many pages in that last chapter, I don't know. But it's definitely the last chapter," Bryant said. "I've been rejuvenated somewhat by the injury and inspired by watching what San Antonio was able to accomplish this year, so I'm ready to go for at least another three.
"Mentally, I think mentally I'm more locked in, more engaged on the prospects of playing another three or four years."
Bryant has made progress in his rehabilitation from a torn Achillies tendon.
"I'm far ahead, far ahead," Bryant said. "Surprisingly so, but really ahead of schedule."