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Kobe Bryant: ‘I’m 70 in basketball years’

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Christopher Hanewinckel

Kobe Bryant has two years left on his contract with the Lakers, and most expect those to be the final two seasons that he plays professionally.

Injuries limited him to just six games last season, and though he’s expected to be back to 100 percent for the start of the 2014-15 campaign, no one yet knows exactly what that will mean in terms of his on-court performance.

Bryant will appear on a regional cover of Sports Illustrated this week, and the quote on the front of the magazine says it all.

“I’m 70 in basketball years,” Bryant says.

He’s not kidding.

Bryant has spent more than half of his life playing in the NBA, and in 18 seasons he’s appeared in 1,465 games, totaling 54,208 minutes played in the process.

This week’s regional cover (2/2): @kobebryant knows the end of his basketball career is near

— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 19, 2014