When will Father Time catch Kobe Bryant? Ask him
These are difficult days for Kobe Bryant.
He said Wednesday he was "obsessed" with slipping a finger into a sixth championship ring, but the Lakers would hardly be termed title-contending material with a 14-11 record.
He seemed nostalgic, almost wistful, when he spoke after the Lakers practiced at TD Garden in Boston. They play the Celtics on Thursday.
At age 33 and with 49,282 minutes on his NBA odometer, it might only get tougher for Bryant.
"That's what I hear," he said. "Father Time will eventually catch up. It’s not going to catch up this year. Maybe it will be next year. Maybe it will be the year after that. That’s the kind of the challenge that I enjoy going through."
Bryant has two more years on his contract, for $58.3 million, after this season.
The Lakers are a work in progress this season, a well-documented 3-9 on the road and one of the NBA's worst-shooting teams from long distance, but Bryant still wants another title to add to his collection of five.
"I’m obsessed about it. I’ve got to get it," he said. "It’s just one of those things. I can think of nothing else.
"As a kid growing up, that’s all I saw. I watched [Larry] Bird, I watched Magic [Johnson] and I watched [Michael] Jordan win multiple titles. You just kind of grow up saying this is how it should be. This is what I must do. I want another one."
-- Mike Bresnahan in Boston
Photo: The Nuggets' Andre Miller guards Kobe Bryant. Credit: Doug Pensinger / Getty Images.