Star guard Kobe Bryant's future is under the spotlight at the Los Angeles Lakers, with people wondering if the upcoming season will be his last.
The 37-year-old star guard is entering the final year of his contract and having struggled with injury and health there is speculation about whether he will even play this season.
Bryant though has not said whether he'll retire at the end of the 2015-16 season, his 20th season with the Lakers.
He has said on more than one occasion that he will make a decision at the end of this the season.
The Lakers' part-owner and executive vice president of basketball operations, Jim Buss told the Los Angeles Times, that they will treat it as his last season, which it may not be.
"We're going to approach it like it is [his final season], but that doesn't mean it is," Jim Buss said.
"I'm not going to sit there and say, 'This is it, Kobe, you're done,' because it's not my decision, it's his decision," he added.
Jeanie Buss, the Lakers President, had the same sentiments in July in an interview with radio station KPCC, saying that is was Bryant's decision as when to retire and nobody else's.
"What I've made clear is only Kobe Bryant can decide when Kobe Bryant is done playing basketball. What I do want to stress is that we are celebrating his 20th year with the Lakers, which I don't think you're going to see very often [among players]," said Jeanie Buss.
"The idea that you stay with one team your entire career is going to change a lot as free agency continues to evolve through collective bargaining.
"I think this is an opportunity that we have to pay tribute to somebody that has been great for the Lakers, been great for Los Angeles. It's just a nice opportunity to celebrate Kobe Bryant."