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"There is no way to know when the end will finally come for Bryant. Only that he's closer to it with each passing year. He'll be 34 before next season, his 17th in the NBA. His legs are still strong, even if they aren't as spry. He can still dunk to prove a point. (He dunked four times in Game 5, so don't tell me he wasn't thinking about it.)
"It's different from being 21 and you think there's endless amount of opportunities," Bryant said Monday. "At 33, the ending is much, much closer."
He's hungry still. He's got time left. But you get the sense he only wants it if there's a chance to do something good with it. To win.
That's less certain now. He can shoot all night in the gym, it might not matter."