Shaq hoping Bryant extends career

Legendary center Shaquille O'Neal has called on Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant to consider prolonging his NBA career. 

Bryant revealed that he would consider retiring after the upcoming season, a campaign in which he will earn a league-high $25 million. However, should Bryant decide to hang up his boots for good, O'Neal, who has had his problems with Bryant in the past, doesn't want to see his former team-mate regret his decision later on. 

"If you still got something, you should go because once it's done you can't get it back,'' O'Neal told reporters. "If I hadn't got hurt I would have went on and played my last season to try and break Wilt Chamberlain's scoring record.

"But it's different for a guard because they got control -'I'm going to shoot this time. For big guys, it is kind of hard. You've got to labor down."

Bryant, who has won five NBA titles with the Lakers, has only featured in 41 games over the past two seasons due to various injuries, including a torn rotator cuff which ended his 2014/15 season in January.