Kobe Bryant isn't being shy about what looks like the end of his career. Bob Donnan USA TODAY Sports

Kobe Bryant says he's not one for farewell tours and rocking chairs. But by Bryant's own admission, the end of a legendary career could be coming sooner than later.

The Los Angeles Lakers are in New York to face the Knicks in what is potentially Bryant's last game at Madison Square Garden. At Saturday's shootaround, the future Hall of Famer addressed the media and admitted there are times when he questions whether he wants to continue playing basketball. And on the day in question, the answer was probably not (via ESPN.com):

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"If you asked me today, this would be my last year. But you never know," said Bryant, who is in the final year of his deal with the Lakers. "We'll keep it open. Whatever happens, happens."

Bryant is averaging 16.2 points per game on 32.1 shooting this season, along with 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists. On Friday, he told reporters that he's not considering playing for any other teams -- "I'm a Laker for life," Bryant said -- and that he's not interested in the type of farewell tour that fellow Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar received during the 1988-89 season. As Bryant told Yahoo Sports/FOX Sports 1 NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski after the Lakers secured their first win of the season on Friday:

"The crowds, the chanting, people wanting to see me play -- I'm extremely, extremely appreciative of that," Bryant told Yahoo Sports. "I understand what that means. Listen, my personality isn't the rocking chair kind of thing, but the chanting of my name means enough to me."

For his part, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said that he hopes Bryant remains with the Lakers for the rest of his career (via the New York Post):

"I can't see it," Anthony said of Bryant playing elsewhere next season. "I don't see why he would at this late stage of his career -- go all these years with the Lakers to spend one year with another team. I think it's a bigger picture when it comes down to your legacy and things like that. At this stage, that's what matters -- how you carry out your legacy."

At 37 years old and coming off of multiple injuries, Bryant acknowledged that recovering from a previous night's game is an all-day process for him. There's stretching and ice and massages and muscle stimulation and in-depth treatments where necessary. But, Bryant said, "If I wanted to keep playing, I could figure it out. Absolutely."