The End Of an Era: The Climax Of Kobe's Career?

not hereContributor IMay 22, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 17:  Guard Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers stands on the court against the Phoenix Suns in Game One of the Western Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Since the one man Kobe Bryant show began in Los Angeles soon after the departure of his long time teammate Shaquille O' Neal, the city has never been the same. LA prides themselves in have a future Hall-of-Famer, and considerably one of thee all-time greats on their roster. Yet has anyone looked ahead on Kobe's future?

 Now a 31 year old veteran of the game, Kobe needs to begin to ask himself how much more does he want? A 4 time NBA champion, MVP, and 12 time all-star does not really need add anything else to his illustrious resume. On a quest for a consecutive championship in which he is the primary leader of the team, he now has basically proved to everyone that he really didn't need Shaq to win the big one.

He certainly is considered phenomenal. To be compared to Michael Jordan is an honor in itself, but to have a strong argument in which Kobe might possibly be better than him is amazing to me. Jordan's reputation to me was damaged when he chose to push the issue and continue to play far past his prime. Would Kobe walk down the same path?

Nobody likes a quitter, but Kobe doesn't necessarily need to continue playing to prove anything to anybody. When will the day come in which Kobe is no longer needed to be double-teamed to be stopped? We seen how age and injury wears down a player, would Kobe's career be tarnished just how many others have fallen. 

Do not get me wrong, I'm Pro-Bryant. I think he is top 5 greatest players of all-time easily. His ability to change the game is extordinary, he can come through in clutch situations without breaking a sweat, which brings out the true face of a champion.

I wrote this to voice my opinion on Kobe's future. I'm pretty sure many have a different point of view. I just believe he should retire at his prime, and NO I'm not stating he should retire this year! I'm saying he should really start to look at his options soon and possibly buy himself a yacht for his future life of luxury. Please feel free to share your ideals and point-of-views on this subject.