Kobe Bryant has talked openly, honestly and willingly about his impending retirement since the end of the 2011-12 NBA season. He turned 34 in August, with 16 years of professional basketball already under his belt and at least two more to go before his deal with the Los Angeles Lakers comes due.
Kobe's suggested that he'd hang 'em up once his contract expires, though he's left the door ajar for a career extension into his late 30s if he feels he can still compete at an elite level.
That should probably be a big IF, considering all the wear-and-tear he's logged onto his 6'7 frame over the years. Health has already cropped up as a concern this preseason, with the Black Mamba missing practice time on account of a strained and bruised right foot.
However many more years Bryant hangs around, he'll have at least one ghost to chase and no shortage of goals to shoot for. Here are five such milestones on the Mamba's radar.