Is Kobe Bryant’s Title Window Officially Closed?

The direction of the Los Angeles Lakers makes one wonder whether Kobe Bryant is done winning championships.

The franchise is in the midst of a rebuilding process that may last a few seasons, depending on how fast general manager Mitch Kupchak can turn things around. By his own admission, it might take a while. Kupchak offered as much to Mark Medina of Inside SoCal:

I don’t think that we’ll use our cap money to patch together a team for next year. It may take more than one year to build, I don’t know. But just because we have a lot of money this summer, doesn’t mean we’ll spend it all. We’ll spend it wisely and if we can’t, then we’ll do the best we can this summer and then we’ll look maybe to the next summer. We don’t know how that’s going to play out right now.

It seems appropriate to mention that Bryant will be 36 years old by the time next season tips off and that his contract expires at the end of the 2015-16 season per

The days of the five-time champion carrying mediocre teams to playoff contention and possibly the NBA Finals appear to be over given his age and questionable health.

Let’s have a look at Bryant’s situation as a whole and how that affects the Lakers going forward.


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