The man once became fixated on nothing more than winning NBA championships. He woke up every day wanting nothing more than to play on the hardwood. His happiness depended on victories and defeats. But Kobe Bryant decided this past summer he would retire following the 2015-16 season for one simple reason. “My mind always started drifting to basketball. It doesn’t do that anymore,” Bryant said following the Lakers’ 107-103 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Sunday at Staples Center. “It does that sometimes. It doesn’t do that all the time. To me, that was the first indicator.”It appeared the second indicator entailed the Lakers’ 2-14 record. It seemed the third indicator involved the 37-year-old Bryant averaging 15.7 points, while shooting a career-low 31.5 percent from the field and 19.5 percent from 3-point range in his 20th NBA season. Yet, Bryant maintained his decision to formally announce his retirement on Sunday had nothing to do with what he called “outside circumstances.” The Lakers have missed the playoffs for the past two years amid season-ending injuries to Bryant’s left knee (December 2013) and right shoulder (January 2015). The Lakers seem destined for another postseason absence.Yet, Bryant said he ruled out retiring midway through this season for reasons that have nothing to do with making $25 million in the final year of his deal.“There’s so much beauty in the pain of this thing,” Bryant said. “I appreciate the beauty in these tough times as much as I appreciate the great times. It’s important to go through that progression. That’s when you really learn about yourself.”What has he learned?“I feel really at peace with it. I worked so hard and continue to work really hard even though I continue to play like (crap),” said Bryant, who posted 13 points on 4-of-20 shooting, four rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes on Sunday against Indiana. “I do everything I possibly can. I feel good about that.”That has left Bryant determined to end his shooting slump. That has left Bryant inspired to mentor the Lakers’ young players, including D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson. That has left Bryant appreciative of fulfilling his life-long dream to play for the Lakers. “The fact I’m talked about with Magic, (Kareem), I made it,” Bryant said. “That’s enough.”Bryant credited Knicks coach and former Lakers coach Phil Jackson for that encouragement. He advised Bryant to “break the season up into sections.” Bryant reported consulting with other unnamed mentors. And Bryant admitted he thought about the finality of his NBA career amid his eight-month rehab two years ago to heal a fractured left Achilles tendon. Hence, Bryant’s insistence he is not aiming to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic team to pursue a third gold medal in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Instead, Bryant sounded passionate about another project. “I’m a story teller,” Bryant said. “I love love love storytelling and framing stories that inspire people.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It’s an internal decision,” Bryant said. “I had to accept that I don’t want to do this anymore. I’m OK with that. Once I accepted that, I was OK and wanted to let everyone know.”• PHOTOS: Kobe Bryant in the home stretch of his careerBryant let everyone know on Sunday afternoon in an article published by The Players Tribune. Lakers coach Byron Scott said Bryant informed him on Saturday night he had finalized his decision. But Bryant’s idol, Michael Jordan, represented “one of the first people that was told over the summer.”“‘Don’t let any one take that away from you,’” Bryant recalled Jordan telling him. “‘The good and the bad, enjoy it.’”Bryant took those words seriously considering Jordan went on a similar journey. Jordan has the edge over Bryant in NBA championships (6-5). But Bryant surpassed Jordan last season for third-place on the league’s all-time scoring list. In his third comeback, Jordan played his last two seasons with the Washington Wizards without making the playoffs.
St Cuthbert’s Mission renamingAmid concerns from a vast section of the residents of St Cuthbert’s Mission about the proposal that was made for their village to be renamed, the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister has announced that the people will decide on the changing of the village’s name to Pakuri.Speaking during an interview earlier this week, the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock stated that the matter was a “sensitive” one and there have been consultations with persons from the community.“This is a very sensitive issue. We have been going to and fro from the community, but it is amazing to see the division on this name change. However, we would take guidance from the majority of the people,” he said.Allicock informed that the Ministry was currently awaiting feedback from the villagers, who will indicate their decision on the renaming process.“We have already given them the opportunity to make a decision, so they’re supposed to send back their results, so we’ll take it from them when we get their decision at a meeting that they’re supposed to have already completed,” he said.When asked if the decision of the people of the community would be the final one, the Minister responded, “That is the thinking.”In September of last year, the Government had expressed its plans to rename the village during the annual Heritage Village Day. At that time, it was related by then Toshao Lennox Shuman that the original name of the village was Pakuri and hence he agreed with the renaming process.The settlement is located on the left bank of the Mahaica River and was first set up by Joseph Ferguson in the late 1800s. Ferguson went on to become the first chief of the settlement, which was named Pakuri after a species of Platonia tree which was abundant throughout the area. However, when the first Anglican missionaries arrived and founded a mission on St Cuthbert’s Day in 1889, the village was renamed.