How Many Years Does Five-Time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant Have Left?

by Punter's Hero on July 2, 2011

in Latest News, NBA

Last season ended in disaster for the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers as they were favored to make it back to the NBA Finals and contend for a third straight NBA title, but fell short after getting dominated by the eventual NBA champion Dallas Mavericks in the second round.

After getting swept by the Mavs in the second round of the playoffs, the Lakers were labeled as sore losers as reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lamar Odom and big man Andrew Bynum were booted from Game 4 due to extremely hard fouls. With the team falling apart, the Lakers saw the end of the Phil Jackson era in Los Angeles and were forced back to the drawing board.

Now that the Zen Master has called it quits and the Lakers have hired Mike Brown to be their new head coach, this storied franchise could be in for some serious changes in the next few years. Perhaps the biggest question from here on out is how many years does five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant left in him?

If you were to ask Kobe, the two-time NBA Finals MVP would say that he could play until his is 40, but the reality is that he might have just three to five years left in his NBA career. There is no question that Kobe has lost a step, but much like Michael Jordan towards the end of his career with the Chicago Bulls, Kobe Bryant has changed his game by using his head and perfecting his shot.

Even though Kobe Bryant isn’t getting any younger at 32-years-old (33 on August 23), the Los Angeles Lakers are arguably one of the most talented teams in the league with All-Star caliber players like Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum playing alongside him.

Despite the fact that the Lakers are as talented as they come in the NBA today, the storied franchise might be looking to make some trades before next season. These trades could seriously impact Kobe’s future, but might also increase his chances of winning another title before he calls it quits.

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