Kobe Bryant Is Old, Battered, And Used: Is This The Year His Decline Begins?

September 14th, 2010 by Gordon Garner Leave a reply »
Kobe Bryant is about to do something that Michael Jordan never did.

That is, go into an NBA season with more than 1,000 career regular season games already under his belt.

Kobe Bryant hit the 1,000 mark late last season and stands now at 1,021 career regular season games. This coming season he will, presumably, pass Michael Jordan's career mark of 1,072. 

Add the fact that Kobe has played in 198 playoff games in his career (good for 6th place all-time) and you can see that he is carrying a lot of mileage.

And its not just the heavy workload. Kobe has a well-documented history of playing through significant injuries. 

Just this week, Bryant had arthroscopic surgery on his knee. This is the third time that he has had his knee scoped.

While Kobe is relatively young at 32 years of age, he has already gone through more of the NBA rigors than many of the retired greats ever did.

Lets take a look at some of history's numbers and see what that might suggest for the remainder of Kobe Bryant's career.

If you were to compile a list of every NBA player who averaged more than 20 point ...

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