Kobe Bryant: How Much Longer Will the Lakers Superstar Be an Elite NBA Player?

February 9th, 2011 by Pat Mixon Leave a reply »
There are those who believe Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is no longer an elite player in the NBA. The buzz goes that Kobe is old and has slipped back to only All-Star status, no longer mentioned in the same breath as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or Kevin Durant.

Is there truth to this belief? And, if Kobe is still an elite player, how much longer will he remain at that level?

Recently, Laker Legend and the NBA Logo himself, Jerry West, questioned how much longer Kobe and his Lakers have to be considered champion contenders. West specially stated that “you can’t change player’s tires like you can on a car.”

What wasn’t said from West was that he was referring to Kobe Bryant. Whether this was merely an observation or a veiled attempt to motivate Kobe (like that is even necessary), only West knows the truth.

But the questioning of Kobe continues.

TNT Analyst and Mr. Mouth, Charles Barkley, constantly says that Kobe has “lost it” and is no longer an elite player. 

But the reality is this: Kobe’s game continues to change and evolve as he ages. That’s ...

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