#5: Injuries beginning to take their toll.
Evidence? He scored 30+ in 11 of 12 playoff games after having his knee drained.
Now, this year he...well, he has not missed a game and he's posting his best per 36 minute stats since about five years ago.
#4: Kobe's minutes are down.
This is true. His minutes are down, and it probably is a sign that PJ wants to spare him some wear and tear.
#3: His finger is affecting his shot.
First, I have no idea why this would have anything to do with the end of his career, but what the heck; let's consider it.
The evidence is his decreased 3pt and FT%. It's true that hit 3pt% has dropped the past two seasons, and it's not good. His FT% this year is .009 off his career average, but it IS down a bit. His overall shooting %, on the other hand, is better than his career mark and better than 6 of the 9 previous seasons. So even if his shooting is affected, he's adjusting fine.
#2: PJ's last season. First, we've heard it before; but presume it is. Kobe has played without PJ and can continue to do it. Why think that just because Jackson is gone, Kobe will be, too? Suppose LA brings in someone who really excites Kobe.
#1: He's beginning to pass MJ.
If it's stats, Kobe doesn't care. If it's awards, Kobe would be happy to keep playing as long as he's winning championships. I just don't get it.