As we all know, Kobe is still playing at an extremely high level and is continues to inch towards Kareem on the All-TIme scoring list. Although the Lakers aren't performing very well this season, Kobe is playing the best he has in years and is shooting a very high percentage as well. He is averaging 30.1 points per game, the third highest of his career, and that too at 48% shooting, the highest of his career. He is currently at 30,387 career points, good for 5th All-Time. If Kobe continues his current pace and stays healthy, he will probably pass Wilt sometime in early March, and assuming he continues to score at this rate into next season, he will probably pass MJ sometime in November or December. By the end of the 2014 season, Kobe will be at about 34,000 even if his 30.1 ppg average dips to 26 or 27 next season. That is the point that he claims he is going to retire. Lets say that he wins his 6th ring next season, and the team is staying intact, and the future looks bright for Kobe. If his knee feels good, than we'll say he signs a two year deal to give him a chance to get that 7th ring. Let's say he plays one more year at avery high level, that would leave him within 2000 points of Kareem, which means he could even only average as little as 18 ppg if he keeps up this 30 ppg average for two season after this one. I just though it was interesting that he's really close to being the All-Time scoring leader. And under Mike D'Antoni, it seems as if he's averaging 33 ppg or something, I feel like Nash and D'Antoni can really help extend Kobe's career. This I believe is very doubtful, but if he plays till he's 40 or something, he could set the bar at a level so high that even guys like Lebron or Durant would have a tough time reaching it. I know these are all hypotheticals, but just though this was interesting.
Part of me just doesn't see Kobe being able to stay healthy or staying in the game for 3 more years.
part of me thought he would never ever avg 30ppg since 2008..so
Kobe would rather be scoring 20 ppg and winning than 30 ppg and losing next year.
Losing at home to Sixers not exactly something to be proud of. Sadly that kind of year for the Lakers.
I think u dont know Kobe at all. And the Sixers.are a tough team.
On a side note Dirk only needs another 3000 points to over take Moses Malone to sit 7th all-time. That could come at the end of next season....
Dont see Kobe retiring after next year.. Im pretty sure he'll give it one ot two shots more.. All depends on how many rings he can get in this 2 year span. If he dosent get none I could see him retiring, If he gets one this year or next he might give it another shot...
A few things:
A) that knee procedure has really done wonders
B) His production is amazing given his age and the miles on his body.
C) He historically is an amazing basketball player offensively but with that said....
D) Kobe Bryant is one of the most frustrating/great players I have ever watched. He plays the game of basketball (many times) with a thought process that "he alone" must be THE reason that his team wins every game. What I mean by that is regardless of his roster or where the advantage lies...he will take his shots.
I know this will get many thumbs downs but I will say it anyways...
I will first say that Kobe hits big shots and competes like non-other. But I will also say that Kobe's numbers have very little impact on "winning". Some of you will understand what I mean. Others of you will call me crazy.
I just remember when Kobe played with Smush Parker, Kwame Brown, Luke Walton, Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, Chris Mihm.... and the Lakers missed the playoffs completely and didn't win 40 games.
I then compare that to Lebron James who suited up with Larry Hughes, Erin Snow, and Illgauskus and went to the NBA Finals and won 60+ games.
I also think about CP3 in New Orleans with David West hurt....that Hornets team made the playoffs and I think may have won a series.
What I am trying to point out is that Kobe has always played with a bunch of talent and the 3 years that he did not have the best big men in the game the teams he played on struggled - in spite of his scoring numbers and in spite of him having enough talent to win games "if" his numbers really impacted winning.
With all that said.... in terms of scoring the ball we haven't seen many do it better.
We all know that no player ever is perfect and they have their kryptonite. For all Lebron's mastery he is not the most efficient player in big moments. And for all of Kobe's greatness his kryptonite is his need to always be considered the reason his team wins even if there is someone on the court who is better served taking the lead in certain games.
Its the thing that makes him great but also the thing that can be frustrating for his teammates to deal with.
each year i always thought his game would decline to a 18ppg type of player, but he is showing no signs of slowing down. he and MJ are prime examples of learning to adjust their game as they age. Will KD and specially LJ do the same? ta na na ta na na
Kareem did it without HGH injections, anybody else find it weird Kobe doesn t even look that much older? And that mythical blood platelet infusion didnt work at all for Bynum. Could it be Kobe really got injected with growth hormones? If Kobe failed.a drug test tomorrow the league would cover it up, thats why basketball is the only sport thats never had a star.player get caught doping publicly.
I actually think Kobe looks a lot older than he did a couple years ago. I know we make fun of Lebron, but Kobe's doesn't even have a hairline anymore.
Kobe is now 8,000 points behind Kareem and just doing a quick division of 8,000 by 300 would mean he'd need to go at 26.67ppg to reach the target in that time, that is over another 3 seasons after this one. Even if he goes at 30ppg for the rest of this season, he'd need to still do 26ppg to reach the target in another 250 odd games. But with guys now playing to near 40 then if Kobe did chose to play to 38/39 then he could get near Kareem's totals.
The procedure didn't work for Bynum because he's not just dealing with pain. He's dealing with severe cartilage issues in both of his knees and bone bruises. The procedure doesn't heal you... Just reduces the pain.
Kobe's knee issues aren't even close to being as serious as Bynum's. Kobe's issue is he lacks cartilage behind his patella and he was having a hard time dealing with that irritation/pain.