Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players to ever lace up a pair of sneakers and play in the NBA. It’s been 18 years since Bryant first stepped onto a NBA court, but is it time for the Black Mamba to fade off into the sunset before he damages his legacy?
The Los Angeles Lakers patiently waited for Bryant to make his long awaited return from his torn Achilles. When he finally returned to the starting lineup, not only did the Lakers fail to impress, but Bryant was a shell of his former self.
Bryant only played in six games before he found himself back on the injury list with a knee injury. When on the court, Bryant only averaged 13.8 points per game, which is his lowest point average since his rookie season all the way back in 1996.
Bryant is close to yet another return from an injury this season, but what exactly should the Lakers expect out of him upon his return? If he continues his struggles this time around, should he seriously consider hanging it up before he embarrasses himself and changes how basketball fans will forever remember him?
What more does Bryant actually have to do in the NBA? He has five championships and is fourth on the all time scoring list. If he hangs it up now, he’s without a doubt a future Hall of Famer.
Now, anyone can think it’s time for Bryant to hang it up, but it’s not that simple. Bryant is full of determination and regardless of how bad the Lakers are this season, there is still so much left for him to play for. Bryant wants a sixth championship and deep down, I’m sure he wants to be No. 1 on the scoring list before he hangs it up.
Bryant will continue to play as long as he can, but if he was to hang it up now, who would honestly blame him?
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org