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Kobe Bryant Not Retiring, Refutes Rumor On Twitter

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looks on during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) | AP

Kobe Bryant isn't retiring this summer.

As rumors started to spread on Sunday that the five-time NBA champ would end his career after 17 seasons, Bryant took to Twitter to refute speculation.

So why did a rumor start spreading about Kobe retiring? It might have something to do with a hoax Twitter account pretending to be Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, which posted the fake news.

Bryant also posted on his Facebook page earlier over the weekend that he was going to make a surprise announcement on Sunday. That announcement turned out to be that the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation was teaming up with a non-profit organization called "Sports Spectacular."

So that's that.

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