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Can Bryant beat back Father Time?

Lakers' star is entering his 16th NBA season

Updated: November 29, 2011, 4:35 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLA.com

In NBA basketball circles, a player's prime is considered to be around age 28, after he's played seven or eight years in the league. It's a time when a player's physical gifts have yet to dip significantly while his mental understanding for the game is fully developed from those years of experience.

Kobe Bryant has been cheating the traditional definition of "prime" for years now.

Last season, the 33-year-old Bryant finished fourth in league MVP voting while playing on what he termed ...

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