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OKC Thunder: Kobe Bryant show returns to Oklahoma City on Friday night

Kobe's star power remains strong, but the end of the NBA legend's career is drawing closer.
by Anthony Slater Published: December 12, 2013

“When you know somebody's character and you know somebody's heart, you aren't even worried about them in injuries. Kobe's one of those guys where you knew he was going to be back. It's great for the game of basketball.”

In the two games since his return, both Laker losses, Bryant has looked a bit rusty, scoring 29 points, but committing 11 turnovers and missing all five of his 3-pointers.

“He actually had a dunk last game and it looked good,” Durant said. “He's still athletic, you can tell. But his game the last five or six years has been post-ups, great footwork, slow pace and just taking his time.”

In all likelihood, his best days are far behind him. And the end is drawing somewhat near.

Bryant recently signed a lucrative two-year contract extension, but he hinted that it would likely be the last one before retirement.

So cherish it while you still can, Thunder fans. Because the active legend and future first ballot Hall of Famer likely won't be making too many more trips back.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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