It takes a lot for Kobe Bryant to admit his mortality.
He played an entire season with a torn pinky (wining a gold medal and a championship when he really needed surgery). He had a severely sprained ankle that had him out indfinitely -- he did not miss a game and tried to give it a go the next time out.
Bryant, even with 16 years under his belt, cannot stop father time. It is not some opponent he can outmaneuver and will victory over. He is 34 years older and has the miles of someone who has played a bit longer with all the Playoff games and the college games he missed playing those early years in the NBA.
Kobe is the kind of player who will not accept the fact his abilities are diminishing and he knows only one way to play. At some point, like some of the great scorers before him, he just will not be able to do that.
Bryant does not want to reach that point, and he is hoping to set retirement on his own terms.
When that might be? Bryant hopes to decide that this summer, a...