Kobe Bryant, the Black Mamba is inching closer to the end of his Hall of Fame caliber career.
"What the hell would I do," Bryant said in an Espn interview. Once Bryant retires he does not know what he will do with his free time, but in regards to the NBA, what will the Los Angeles Lakers do? How will they fill his shoes? Will they still be the best team in the NBA? These are questions that will arise, once Bryant decides to hang up his Nikes.
In the meantime, Bryant, who has five NBA championships and one Olympic Gold Medal, has done more than enough to support his case as the best player to ever play the game of basketball.
At age 32, Bryant is still one of the best in the NBA, averaging 25.9 points, 5.10 rebounds and 4.6 assists this season, and leading his team to a 21-8 start.
He is in pursuit of his sixth NBA championship (possible three-peat), which will put him in a tie with Michael Jordan, who most fans consider is the best player to ever play the game.
The end of the road for Bryant may not be next year, but it may be sooner than anyone thought.
"It's not around the corner, but it's down the street," Bryant said in the ESPN interview.