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I played okay in my first preseason game but when I woke up that next morning and was a mess, that was when I started to think long and hard about what I was really capable of, about a week later, I played again and wasn't nearly ready. I felt I had to try and see if this was something I could break through after a few minutes on the court, and I clearly wasn't. I knew then I'd be lucky to play 10( NBA) games this season.
Obviously my career didn't end in the fashion that I wanted it to, at the same time, I've had an incredibly long career, 18 seasons. I've had back issues predominantly throughout my career and so when you have that in perspective, I could have very easily been finished eight, nine or 10 years into my career.
When I signed with the Lakers, I had big dreams of lifting the fans up and lighting this city on fire, i turned down more lucrative offers to come to L.A. because I wanted to be in the 'fire,' and play for high risk and high reward in my last NBA chapter. In my second game here, I broke my leg and nothing was the same.