Kobe Bryant is twenty-nine years old and has been in the League for twelve of them. If you were to factor in how many games he’s played in (to say nothing of the innumerable Playoff battles), he might as well be Dikembe Mutombo. Logically, he should be able to dominate for the next half decade or so but certainly not much longer after that.
Unsurprisingly, he doesn’t agree with this assessment and dares anyone to say otherwise.
“You’re telling me I only have two or three years left,” [Bryant] said when I approached him with the theory last week. “Tell me that. I want you to.”
In other words, he’s happy to use the shrinking-window theory as inspiration to prove everyone wrong.
It will be interesting to see how long Bryant can keep playing at such a high level.
One thing is certain, though: No matter what kind of shape he keeps himself in during the twilight of his career, if he doesn’t get some help soon, it won’t make an iota of a difference in the Win/Loss column.