Kobe Bryant has already had a legendary career.
Consider some of the achievements he has already achieved: five championships, 10 selections each to the All-NBA and All-Defensive teams, 13 All-Star selections, four All-Star MVPs, two scoring titles, two Finals MVPs and one regular season MVP award.
No other player in NBA history has achieved all of those same accomplishments.
Even at the ripe age of 32, Bryant is still playing as one of the best basketball players in the world. While he may have lost some of his athleticism from his younger days, Kobe’s knowledge of the game and fundamentals still make him a force to reckon with.
Many NBA pundits have claimed that this season may be Kobe’s best chance at another NBA championship with the Lakers. Many fans have echoed this sentiment.
After all, this is the last season that Phil Jackson will coach the Lakers. Kobe already has a lot of mileage on his legs and is only going to get older and be more prone to injuries over the next three years left on his contract.
On top of that, the other main rotation players are all in their 30s except Andrew Bynum. As has been shown many times this season, younger and more athletic teams can give the Lakers fits.
However, although it is possible that no other Lakers team with Kobe may have a good shot at an NBA title, this seems to be unlikely.
It is easy for people to become pessimists when discussing this topic.
The media likes to play up all of the drama. Reporting that everything is hunky-dory doesn’t sell nearly as well as saying that the floor is falling out from underneath the tea.
On top of that, fans in Miami, Boston, San Antonio and from every other city that hates the Lakers because of the team’s success desperately want to convince themselves that Kobe’s reign in the NBA is over. It’s more comforting to think in that manner than to admit that Kobe and the Lakers may win another championship or two.
But let’s consider the facts and possibilities.