Kobe Bryant is now 33 and is averaging 30+. A certain somebody (Michael Jordan) averaged 30+ at the age of 33. Michael Jordan went on to avg 20+ at the age of 40. Can Kobe do the same? I think yes.
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First off, I dont think you know what a player's "ceiling" actually means.
Second, Could Kobe score 20+ at age 40? Maybe, but idk if he will be around by then. He came into the league at age 18 and has played thousands of minutes in the postseason, plus barely ever missing a regular season game. Jordan has played thousands of minutes as well, but he missed a season for injury and took time off to play baseball, and retired a few times before 40. I doubt Kobe's body will let him will play to 40
With the way Kobe takes care of his body and with new medicines, I wouldn't be surprised at all if Kobe lasted until 40 and averaged 20.
Look, Kobe has more minutes playoff and regular season combined that MJ. Mj took a sabatical right before his mid 30s, which paid great dividends for his late career health. Now Kobe does have somthing MJ didn't in illegal German knee surgeries, lol.
Kobe scorin 40 points every other game is a bad sign for Lakers Championship odds. Especially when they lose in the process like last night.
I know exactly what ceiling means...how great a player can be!
Yeah exactly. So it is for younger players who have yet to reach their peak or pontential. How good a player can be at their very best.
Kobe scoring 20+ at age 40 would be great for him, but it doesnt make him a better player then in his prime. He has reached his ceiling.
Kobe is doing awesome individually scoring 40+ the past couple games, but it doesn't translate to wins always, especially against better teams, last night he should have fed it inside to Bynum and Gasol because they had an advantage down low, I am not a fan of the Kobe always looking to score, I was amazed at some plays how he just was not looking at the other 4 guys on the floor, the Lakers need their big men to play well to make a deep playoff run, not Kobe trying to play hero basketball. And this is all coming from a Lakers/Kobe fan
You're thinking inside the box. Kobe's career can still reach a higher point.
As someone pointed out to me, it wasn't Kobe's offense that lost them the game... It was the defense.
He has no ceiling to reach anymore. He is the gold standard in the NBA.
"You're thinking inside the box. Kobe's career can still reach a higher point."
No, not even.
If you are talking about him championship and legacy wise, he has already done enough in reagards to that, and all he can do is clinch his status ahead of Magic and Larry, and that's about it.
There is no way he can be near the player he was when he was the best athlete and jump shooter in the league in 05-08. No chance. Even if he averages 33 a game, I would still take 07 Kobe that scored 31 a game every day of the week, and even 08 Kobe that got 28.
If i'm a Lakers fan i look at all these 40 point games as a bit of a worry for a playoff run, and with all the minutes he's currently playing, i think the way the Mavs have their minutes going now is going to be great for the playoffs, nobody is playing more than 25-28 minutes a game (starters haven't even been reaching 24 minutes), so their fresh for the playoffs. Kobe is playing over 40 minutes a game at the moment. And if he's having to score 40 a game for them to have a chance of winning, that isn't going to cut it come playoff time. He needs to get Bynum and Gasol a hell of a lot more touches.
kobe played 32 minutes a game last year and was rested a lot and the result was they got swept. I think kobe is hungry and playing well and he wants to go out swinging. The team has some issues and kobe is playing selfish to an extent. But i think anyone pointing the finger at kobe for the losses other then 1 game vs denver where he stunk it up are really nitpicking a guy who is playing phenomanal.
@Indiana Basketball, I agree the defense was horrendous, I didn't mean Kobe's offense was the sole reason they lost against the Clippers but if he keeps taking all these shots for the rest of the season and ignores the advantage they have down low, it may really cost them games they should win down the line. I still think Kobe is having a great season so far but he needs other players to be comfortable around playoff time so they can step it up and help the team out.
Kobe playing till 40 are you crazy he's already 33 at most 38.
Do the math you think his knees will last another 7 years playing 30 plus mins a game.
Also don't forget MJ missed 2 yrs basically after the first retirement and 3 yrs after the 2nd retirement.
MJ didn't start playing in the NBA till 21 and Kobe started at 18. Most of the players that played in their 40's didn't start till 22 or 23.
Kobe is 4th amongst active players in games played and all ahead of him have seen a big drop in their mins and production.
I can't remember any player that would've played that many season in the NBA maybe Kevin Willis but he was a backup for a while in the end of his career.
Two words: GERMAN SURGERY.
^Correction, ILLEGAL German knee surgeries, lol.
Remember, he had to go to Germany because the surgery has not been approved by the FDA. If he could get it done in the States, I bet you he'd have it done more regularly, considering the recovery time is very little I believe. He even went back to Germany in October to have the same procedure done on his ankle. Greg Oden and Brandon Roy need to get in on this, lol.
Greg Oden couldn't because he is injury prone, no surgery will help his bad luck.
Yep keep doubting Kobe. People said he would be a lesser player this year last year the year before. Yes he has played a lot of minutes but what exactly does that mean? Has he slowed down at all for a 33 year old?