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This is Kobe's 17th season for Pete's Sake!
I mentioned in the previous slide that Father Time is undefeated. Well, he'll win this one too, but the game against Kobe is in overtime.
Believe it or not, this is Kobe's 17th season in the NBA. That's the number that needs to be looked at in longevity as opposed to age. The pounding your body takes in the NBA is much worse than in college.
While there's no denying that Kobe's game has slipped, that slippage is really, really minute. He still has incredible hops and remains an elite player. Keep in mind that the immortal Michael Jordan played 15 years in the NBA. His last two were spent as a player with a YMCA like game of backing his defender in and then shooting a fade away over him. He couldn't turn the corner on anyone. Kobe still can.
I'm also anxious to watch LeBron continue to collect rings, as I don't think he is done. Will he get to five or six? I don't know, but I'm glad I get to watch him try.
I'm also glad I get to watch Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony trying to climb that mountain required to scale to get their first ring.