Kobe Bryant is in the middle of his 20th season in the NBA, and has had his last three seasons ended by injury. So far (knock on wood) the Los Angeles Lakers wing has avoided a major injury in what will be his final campaign, much to the relief of both fans and the Lakers organization.
After the Lakers' latest loss, a 120-111 drubbing at the hands of LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers that wasn't as close as the final score indicates, Bryant acknowledged that one of the things he hasn't enjoyed about his farewell tour has been the lack of times he's gotten to say "hello" to the win column, telling Brill Oram of the O.C. Register that the worst part of his farewell season is "that we suck."
Additionally, it sounds like 55 games into the 2015-16 season that Bryant is feeling every bit like you would expect a 37-year old currently posting the eight-highest usage rate in the NBA (30.6) to feel heading into the All-Star break:
How Kobe says he feels entering AS break: "Horrible. My ankles, knees, everything." When he rose from his chair, he groaned, "Oh my god."— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) February 11, 2016
Just when you thought Kobe couldn't play anymore of an old-man style game, he now sounds like your dad trying to get up from a chair. Hopefully the veteran gets at least some rest over the weekend in Toronto. He's earned it.
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