35 Incredible Kobe Bryant Highlights for the Black Mamba's 35th Birthday

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35 Incredible Kobe Bryant Highlights for the Black Mamba's 35th Birthday
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Age certainly knows bounds, but Kobe Bryant doesn't.

For 17 years, we've watched in awe as the "Black Mamba" defied just about every law there is. Injuries should have slowed him. Surely his threshold for pain would eventually break. 

It hasn't.

Older players aren't supposed to play at a high level. If injuries don't get them, the natural regression that supposedly comes with age should. 

It hasn't gotten Kobe.

Now 35, the Mamba is immersed in a rehabilitation that will redefine his career, but that doesn't mean he has finally succumbed to age or injury. He's still pressing, still pushing. The fight in him hasn't flamed out.

Until proved otherwise, we have to believe he's the same player he's always been, even if it doesn't make sense. And let's be real, it doesn't. Despite what we see, Kobe isn't superhuman; he's not immortal. 

All players, the Mamba included, have their limits. Kobe has just yet to find his.

 

*Note: "Incredible highlights" are not to be confused with "greatest moments." This isn't a comprehensive ranking of personal feats—championships, MVPs, etc.—rather, it's a tribute to the brilliant, and oftentimes unbelievable, ways of Kobe Bryant.

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