It was reported last week that Kobe Bryant may've changed his mind about retiring after next season. According to ESPN, Bryant is aiming to play for at least two more seasons for the sake of getting that next ring:

...a source told on Friday.

Bryant wants to be "back next season with a vengeance," the source said. And he wants "two more cracks at it to win seven NBA titles at least."

We're sure Lakers fans are happy about the news, but it's just going to keep on getting harder for an aging Bryant to get that next ring. You have the dominant LeBron James-led Miami Heat in the East, and in the West, there's Kevin Durant and the Thunder along with Gregg Popovich's always dangerous Spurs. These teams aren't going anywhere, so the ship may've already sailed.

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[via ESPN]