The saying goes that father time is undefeated. At age 36, Kobe Bryant won't be the explosive player we've grown accustomed to seeing over the past 18 NBA seasons. The one thing Bryant has done over the course of his career is adept and according to Sports Illustrated he's studying the game of Paul Pierce. As told to SI's Chris Ballard:
“Bryant told friends that the player he is analyzing, as an example of adjusting your game as you get older, is fellow 36-year-old Paul Pierce. This is part of his goal to become “more efficient” on the court.”
Pierce has never relied on his athleticism to reach his spots on the court. His elbow step back jumper just might be the best in the league. Bryant already has some of the best footwork in the NBA but it certainly won't hurt to borrow from Pierce. Bryant has been adamant that he will retire once his contact is over in two-years. He has quite a bit of work to do if he hopes to get the Lakers into the playoff mix in the Western Conference.
“I'm going to max [my last two years] out too, to do whatever I can, said Bryant. "Leave no stone unturned, no water left in the sponge.”