Hes having his best statistical year this year so his age is irrelevant right now. The fact of the matter is, he has been very lucky throughout the course of his career in having Shaq and Pao his whole career. Would we even talk about Kobe if he wasnt traded for Vlade Divac and coddled by HOF big men and coaches? Kobe in a hornets jersey would never have won a ring. He is a GREAT scorer but in no way a top 5 player all time like I'm hearing from people these days. The actual top 5 players MJ, dr34m, shaq, magic, jabbar wouldve won rings in ANY JERSEY... cant say the same for Kobe. He is NOT a deadly shooter in game winning situations... I remember big shot rob and derek fisher making game winners in the playoffs. Defensively he is not the great defender his ridiculous accolades suggest... all nba first team defense is absurd... there hasnt been a player who takes more play off on defense for offense. 30,000 points is nothing to sneeze at, but how does one do that and lead the league in scoring ONCE??? longevity! The NBA needed a savior after MJ left and the media made KOBE more than he actually is. Kobe has Steve Nash and D-12 right now and look at them... what would he do with bill wennington and luc longely? Kobe is a volume shooter that HAS to have an elite offensive big man to collapse the defense PERIOD. The lakers are a team a player goes to kill his career it seems. KOBE DOES NOT MAKE HIS TEAMMATES BETTER! Pao was a HOF'er before he came to LA. a consistent 25 and 11 guy for more than a decade in vancouver. D12 is a shell of the player he was only last year... dont blame the herniated disc. To conclude my I hate Kobe rant, I will acknowledge his second to none work ethic and his desire to be great. He is a tough sob. With that being said, the next time a media-influenced friend or random guy at the bar next to you makes a statement on how deadly Kobe is with the game on the line and how he is a top 5 player all time, tell him to turn espn off and form his own opinion!