How Long Will Kobe Play and Will He Win Another Ring?

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Kobe Bryant is closer to six rings, thanks to an incredible coup by Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak.

Somehow, someway, Steve Nash is the new point guard for Los Angeles. That alone is helpful for an already decent playoff team. It's usually a good idea to upgrade from "Ramon Sessions" to "two-time MVP, possibly the best shooter ever." 

But is it enough?

The Lakers were 13th in defensive efficiency last year and should struggle on that end again. Obviously, Nash is no major help on D, and recently signed Antawn Jamison is probably an even bigger sieve. Los Angeles should be fantastic on offense, but there is a lot of pressure on Mike Brown to fill the gaps defensively.

Of course, a Dwight Howard trade could swing the title question wildly in Kobe's favor. Without such a deal, he'll be hard pressed to surpass Michael in anything other than longevity.

Bryant has been playing professionally since adolescence. It's part of him, welded into his identity. Look for Kobe to play into middle age, but don't be so expectant of more jewelry.  

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