Los Angeles Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss isn’t leaving any room for doubt when it comes to Kobe Bryant’s future.

"Kobe is part of the Laker family and he always will be. There's not many players who play 18-19 years with the same franchise and it's important to us that he has a chance to play his entire career with the Lakers" Buss told ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Bryant who will turn 35 on Aug. 23 is recovering from a season-ending Achilles injury that required surgery.