I checked to see if this was in The Credits and didn’t see it.
First off I am not surprised. I cannot doubt Kobe’s determination. But, it is very familiar to see players with his level of competitiveness to actually take less money, a lesser role or to realize when it’s time to hang it up. Either way, I will always cheer for Kobe as long as he is a Laker no matter what age he is. I think that at the time, he just might still be better than half the guards in the league. Just like Jordan was at 40. Actually, in terms of durability and taking Kobe’s dedication to taking care of himself he could be the first to coin the phrase "40 is the new 30" at least in basketball years that is.
Besides, in his eyes he will always be a youngster.