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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant admitted that the thought of retiring after this season has crossed his mind, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

When asked by the Times whether he has considered retiring after this season, Bryant nodded and said, “I’d be lying if I said that it hasn’t crossed my mind. Right now I doubt it … but anything’s possible.”

Bryant discussed the issues that have him thinking about an end to his career.

“My body is hurting like crazy, around the clock, and if I don’t want to do this anymore, I won’t do it,” he said.

Bryant, 36, would be leaving $25 million on the table if he retired after this season.

–LeBron James said he felt better in his three games back from injury than at any point in the season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James missed eight games to rest a sore back and a sore left knee, and, in his return, the star forward averaged 33.7 points and 7.7 rebounds against the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.

–Milwaukee Bucks point guard Kendall Marshall will miss the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Marshall injured the knee during the second quarter of the Bucks’ win over the New York Knicks on Thursday in London.

–A week after acquiring guard Chris Douglas-Roberts in a trade, the Boston Celtics waived him, the team announced Sunday.

The Celtics got Douglas-Roberts from the Los Angeles Clippers in the three-team deal that sent guard Austin Rivers to Los Angeles. Boston also received Shavlik Randolph from Phoenix.

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