Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 at 1:50 pm  |  21 responses

Kobe Bryant Thinks He Has ‘Three Maybe Four’ Years Left in the NBA

Kobe Bryant is very excited about teaming up with Steve Nash, who he thinks will make his life on the court a lot easier, and improve his chances at winning a sixth championship. Bryant – whose monster deal with the Lakers expires in 2014 — was asked to put a number on how much longer he thinks he’ll be in the NBA. From SRI (via ESPN Radio): “How he feels about playing with Steve Nash and not having the ball in his hands as much: ‘I absolutely love it. He puts me in my original form which is that of a finisher. That’s what I do best and in the past I’ve kind of had to orchestrate the offense and make sure guys are in the right places and facilitate and score and do both and kind of switch hats quarter to quarter and sometimes minute to minute and now I don’t have to. That’s what he does, that’s what he is phenomenal at and that is what he is best at. Me, I just get to finish plays.’ How many prime years he feels he has left in the NBA: ‘As many as it takes I guess. I don’t know. I think about it and the thing is you want to continue to play because you love the game. You obviously want to win and that’s why you play the season is to win a championship. In terms of how many years I have left? I don’t know. Three maybe four, but I don’t know if I want to play that long. This will be 17 coming up and man that’s a long time, that’s more than half of my life.’ What he thinks of the Lakers chances of a championship now that they have Nash: ‘We have a much better chance obviously. We’ve kind of increased our chances by bringing Steve in. Last year was a tough year. There were a lot of inconsistencies and we were still trying to figure out what we wanted to do offensively. Even in the playoffs we kept adjusting things schematically so as a result there was a lot of uncertainty and indecision down the stretch. Those are things that we will still have to figure out and we will figure those things out this summer and probably into next season. If we do that I like our chances to win the whole thing.’ How much fun it will be to play with Nash: ‘It’s going to definitely be fun for me because I get to finally just catch and shoot as opposed to dribbling and kicking it, dribbling some more and shooting so that’s just going to be fun because I’m not going to have to work that hard to get shots anymore. Bringing him here kind of pumps a new life into the team and the city is buzzing because of it and it’s such a great energy.’”

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  • MDubb3

    If Kobe doesn’t get #6, he still will be considered top 5 all time, maybe not in, but considered

  • FnF

    Hmmmm… Just enough years to pass Malone on the all-time scoring list.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I was curious to hear KB’s thoughts on this. He will score over 20 PPG for the next 3-4 years. The questions is can he do it efficiently and still be effective enough defensively. I see him being one of the best 35+ NBA’ers of all time though.
    Kobe is speaking on exactly what I have been saying. He doesn’t need to orchestrate the offense anymore which is good because Kobe ain’t Nash. Expect his FG% to rise well above 45% next year. His 3 point shot is a concern because he was missing open ones often and never had a consistent looking form from deep. He needs to work on catch and shooting allot this off season.

  • kh

    I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for the season to start!

  • bike

    If anyone can go that long, and still be considered a superstar, it’s Kobe. But…he will never accept a role player gig. Never. Ever. Not in this universe.

  • http://slamonline.com JTaylor21

    Nash or no Nash, I highly doubt Kobe is suddenly going to shoot above his career average at the age of 34 in his 17th season.

  • Red Star

    Kanye voice – WTF does that mean Kobe Bryant? WTF is he talking about?!?

  • dev0

    Four years from now Kobe will be such a living legend. I hope he grows a serious old man beard.

  • heyheyhey

    lol this is going to be soooo different for kobe, instead of shooting shots in traffic, he’s going to have to adapt to being open. that hasn’t happened in forever. you never see kobe just catch a ball and shoot, hes always moving while shooting.

  • T-Money

    how many does he need to catch kareem?

  • anonymous

    Dev0, Kob’s rockin the bald head and goatee rite now at Team USA camp, so maybe u (and I) will get our wish of him adopting a career ‘Latter Look’.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com Off The Backboard

    I actually want him to retire after his contract is up. None of this “hold on for dear life” mentality that some all-timers get. He’s big on legacy, so I know he’ll hang it up when he’s no longer putting up efficient numbers at an elite level, but I highly doubt he’ll return to the Lakers in a role that has him as a second or third option. Just finish out your contract, get standing Os and every arena during your final season, and retire. Nothing more to be said. We don’t need another Jordan in Washington or Malone in Lakers type of deal.

  • bbogg

    in the media photos kb looks pretty shredded..i say 3 years left..finish out his contract..i say if he wins one more he is done..can join jalen at espn or call his boy will and take over the MIB franchise..i would like to see agent M aka agent mamba! first things first…go for gold..wanna see kb dominate..he was dunking pretty well vs okc in game5…blake is not the only dunker in LA!!!

  • Shifty

    Hey look at Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and KG, I think it was not last season but season before when Rondo was having yet another great year all three if them were shooting some of the best FG% of their careers. They were all “Old” yet with a good play maker were able to be efficient. Wouldn’t be a surprise if same happens to Kobe with Nash even this late in his career.

  • CaptainKirk

    Kareem: 38387 … Kobe: 29484

    Playing 3 more seasons and 82 games per season:

    (38387 – 29484) / (3 * 82) = 36,20 PPG per Season!

    Playing 4 more seasons and 82 games per season:

    (38387 – 29484) / (4 * 82) = 27,14 PPG per Season!

    I guess, he should consider 5 seasons to be sure (21,8 PPG per Season!) :)

  • CaptainKirk


    (38387 – 19045) / (10 * 82) = 23,60 … If Lebron plays until 37, he only needs to score 23,60 PPG on average over the next 10 years … and Lebron has a body which is more stable than kobe’s … so the chance to play more seasons than kobe is great.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Kobe has five to six years left and he wants the all time scoring record, Lebron cannot get it, his body will break down later on because of his size. Kevin Durant has a better shot than Lebron.

  • Valkyrie

    It’s a fact that at this rate Lebron will get it. We don’t know about what will happen to his health, but if he’s healthy mathematically it won’t be hard considering how young he came into the league. You can’t use the unknown like injuries as your main argument as to why he won’t. That wreaks of haterism.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    kobe said “in the past I’ve kind of had to orchestrate the offense and make sure guys are in the right places and facilitate and score and do both and kind of switch hats quarter to quarter and sometimes minute to minute and now I don’t have to” now that’s a lie. orchestrate the offense sh*t.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    ..he just orchestrates for himself

  • http://whut Ugh

    @CaptainKirk – Yeah, but if LeBron blows a knee his career is over. And he’s 270lbs and plays above the rim night in and night out, so it’s inevitable he blows a knee. LeBron will retire earlier than Kobe will.