MIAMI -- Kobe Bryant is 33 years old, has spent nearly half his life in the NBA, is dealing with a significant wrist injury and has taken about 3,000 more shots in his career than any other active player.
Given all that, some may think he's a candidate to start slowing down.
LeBron James is not among those who would even consider that possible.
The NBA's top two scorers this season -- Bryant at 30.8 points per game, James at 29.8 -- go head-to-head Thursday night, when the Los Angeles Lakers visit the Miami Heat. Even with subplots including James facing his former Cleveland coach in the Lakers' Mike Brown, the possibility that Dwyane Wade may sit out again with a sprained right ankle and hints that Miami center Eddy Curry may make his Heat debut, all eyes will be on one thing.
Kobe vs. LeBron.
"We know how great of a player, how competitive he is," James said. "And he's not going to sell himself short, either. ... He's a scorer. He's a flat-out scorer."
Bryant is coming off a...