Kobe Bryant set the record straight on Twitter on Sunday night about the notion of an early retirement.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant)
Speculation ran rampant over the weekend after Bryant posted a cryptic message on Facebook, "You won't want to miss the Sports Spectacular Livestream Sunday #mambavideo #surprise #announcement."
Bryant is recovering from April surgery to repair a torn Achilles' tendon but his announcement had nothing to do with retirement. Instead, Bryant will hold an event, "Kobe up Close," on Aug. 15 to raise money to help eradicate homelessness.
The Lakers All-Star guard also weighed in on a Michael Jordan and Bryant debate, spurred on by Phil Jackson's upcoming memoir, "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success."