The offseason's wholesale recalibration of the NBA has gone a long way toward answering one of the league's most interesting questions: It turns out that, yes, Kobe Bryant can age gracefully.
In reportedly helping recruit Steve Nash to join him in Los Angeles next season, Bryant helped the Lakers make a move that does more than thrust them back into the NBA's upper echelon. It also signifies a kind of wisdom and humility any all-time great must find as his body ages and his window starts to close.
For Bryant, with his 34th birthday two months away, that time is now. And in adding Nash, an all-time great point guard who will force Bryant to give up touches and cede control of the offense, No. 24 has shown that deep down he doesn't just know the clock is running down. He's showing he can accept that fact and act on it by bringing in less of a Dwight Howard-like weapon and more of an actual equal.
None of this is to say Kobe Bryant is washed up or that age has deprived him of his ...