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The inevitable demise of Kobe Bryant

Can you see it coming? It has happened to all the greats. Wilt, Shaq, Iverson, Kevin Garnett, and even Michael Jordan. Sooner than later its going to catch up with Kobe.

Kobe Bryant is arguably the best basketball player in the NBA.(I personally feel Lebron James is but you can make an argument.) He is 31 years old and turns 32 this summer and his body is breaking down. If we know anything it’s that NBA players get old much quicker than most other althletes. The absolute pounding they put their bodies through just wears them down. This year Kobe has played with finger, back, ankle, and God knows what other injuries. Like we are seeing with Kevin Garnett this year, who is only 32, the injuries are going to catch up quickly.

Most guys who have talent like Kobe can manage to extend their career through adapting and adjusting. Wilt passed the ball more, MJ turned into one of the most dominant low post scorers ever, Iverson turned into a ball hog team killer(wait did he evolve to that or just get old), Shaq has turned into a fat comedian who makes layups and hook shots. How will Kobe evolve? Will he do it with class like MJ or will he be Iverson trying to chase down scoring records and point totals? My guess is the second.

If the Lakers make another deep playoff run, which they most likely will, look for Kobe and his skill to take another step back next year. Not because his skill will diminish but his body is just catching up with the wear and tear of 15 plus years of getting pounded night in and night out in the NBA.

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  1. chefpf
    February 6, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Easy on the Kobe hate…. he is still no question the best player in the league, excluding marco bellinelli of course.

  2. February 6, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Not as much hate as something that we know will happen and I am just curious which route Mr. Bryant will take.

  3. JC
    February 12, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Thanks for the fortune telling Moonshine… Oh wait, nevermind, everyone will inevitably fall apart as a basketball player…

  4. JK
    June 4, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Jerry West concluded during the Finals series that Kobe Bryant is playing the best games of his career. Just this previous summer he worked on his low-post game with Hakeem, arguably the player with the best footwork in the post. Yes I agree that the wear and tear of his body will slow him down but he is ADAPTING to it. Did you even watch Kobe’s games this season? He goes to the post more often and scores up easy buckets. Your guess is wrong buddy, do your research and stop hating, this man works harder than probably most of the individuals you know.

  5. mattsebastian
    June 4, 2010 at 3:57 am

    This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever read. Have you seen the Finals earlier? Kobe has scored 30 points or more in 10 out of 11 playoff games. FOOL.

  6. cparnes
    June 4, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Want to rewrite this article now that the rubber has hit the road? After Game 1 of the Finals last night there were comments he may be playing the best basketball of his career. But you know what? Thanks for having posted this–along with about a thousand other naysayers–since Kobe always uses dung like this to fuel his fire!!

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