Javier Zanetti is a famous footballer, he is 40, and he plays for Internazionale (Milan, Italy). He is argentinian, and he played for Argentina in the World Championship too.
He played on last Sunday after 6 months recovering for an achilles injury. I suppose that football and basketball are not the same, but he is 40 years old, and he could be a good example or mirror to look at Kobe's evolution.
I'm sure that is better to wait than to come back earlier than needed. Let's see the evolution of both players. Good luck for them!!
Well, the difference is that Kobe is the Star of the Team yet, and Zanetti only will play some minutes of some games.