Kobe, a 12-year vet, scoffs at idea that he’ll slow soon. Do you think he’ll slow down in 3-4 years from now? Sound-off in the comments and tell us what you think!

Sports Illustrated: How many years can Kobe Bryant remain a dominant star? As a 29-year-old in his 12th NBA season, the assumption has been that he senses his biological clock ticking away and that he may have only three years of supremacy left in him — which would explain why he’s in such a hurry to win now.

But Bryant doesn’t see it that way. He takes offense at predictions that he’ll begin to decline at 32.

“You’re telling me I only have two or three years left,” he 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.

The issue of his longevity is hard to assess because the league is still trying to define players like Bryant, who jumped to the Lakers from high school as an 18-year-old in 1996. Does the league take his birth certificate at face value? Or is he viewed as being 32 or 33 in NBA years because he started his career so much earlier than the college-raised players of previous generations?

“Kobe’s won three championships in a row from October to June, and that’s a lot of basketball at a high level. So there is a lot of mileage,” said Nets point guard Jason Kidd, who teamed with Bryant for USA Basketball in August. “But seeing him this summer and the way he takes care of himself, he’s always preparing himself to play and be the focal point.

“It would be interesting if you compared his minutes. Don’t look at the field goal attempts — just the minutes, and that will be what it’s all about.”

Continue reading ‘Endurance Test’

  • http://www.lakers.com Billy Kupchak

    Kobe is going to play for another 8 seasons! :-D

  • 24allup inya

    I think Kobe still has 5 year’s left.The reason why he preasured the FO is because he knows that they were not making a serious attempt to build a contender.Buss was happy just filling the seats with him as the main event and there-for was not making significant moves.Kobe want’s to win at least 2 or 3 more ring’s before he retires so this way there will be no doubt that he is the best there is the best there was and the best there ever will be.

  • 187 ON BOSTON

    HELL YEA HE WILL SLOW DOWN SOON THATS WHY WE NEED TO TRADE HIM NOW

  • 24allup inya

    Does anyone know if Denver swept us last year i really dont remember???Hopefully today we’ll get paid back!!!

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    187 go back to boston and stop writing non-sense BS

  • http://www.thelakersnation.com Fred A.

    With Kobe Bryant his time line is a ? mark.
    Kobe could be slowing down or he could just be getting started or it could be another 10 years (…..lol) only God knows?

  • JoJoEnglish94Bulls4ever

    Yeah this is what I don’t get about the Lakers. Maybe they need him to sell tickets but what happens when he turns into old Kobe? Not good and then after 2 years of 1st round knockouts what are you guys left with? Not much. By that time the Blazers will be taking over with Greg Odom. If I’m the Lakers I would get as much tallent as I could and build around Bynum and younger players. I think the Lakers are almost trapped with Kobe’s contract. They will be a middle of the pack team for awhile if they don’t move Kobe.

  • foxxy

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  • foxxy

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  • dj matt20

    Kobe shouldn’t ask for better players if we can’t do it because of sallery caps. He should do the same thing that Duncan did by opting out of his contract, and taking a paycut then resigning with the lakers with a smaller contract so he could help the team bring in better players. We have a great team right now we are just a couple of million away from getting another all-star in the off season when Kwame, and Vuja’s contract is up.

  • 187 ON BOSTON

    I JUST PICKED THE PIPE UP

  • STEVE

    Ahhhhhhhhhhh Kobe wants out. He won’t be a Laker after Feb.

  • william williams

    i think kobe will be dominant for another 4 years. the first thing he will need to do is lose 30 more pounds. then get more good players. sign 2008 free agents shawn marion, luol deng, ben gordon, ron artest and Baron davis. then the lakers need to get bynum into better shape. have him lift weights alot more and make him more athletic. then get magic to be J-farm’s private coach. then if the lakers do all that they can win 4 more championships with kobe so kobe will have more rings than jordan

  • aldone113lakers