Throughout his illustrious 20-year career, Los Angeles Lakers’ star Kobe Bryant has prided himself in always striving not only to be the best player on his team, but in the league. Now at the age of 37 – a year he aims not to miss the majority of the season for the first time in three years — are we witnessing the true beginning of the end of Bryant?

While Bryant has only appeared in six games so far this season for the 1-7 Lakers, the five-time NBA champion is looking at some of his worst career numbers. His .320 field goal percentage, 16.5 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game all rank in the bottom three of his career. Overall, he is well below his career average in almost every single statistical category.

Might this be the the final NBA season for Kobe Bryant? Former NBA point guard Derek Harper explained why he thinks so on NBA Radio.

“Father Time is undefeated, and I don’t think any of us can take away from what Kobe Bryant has been,” Harper said. “He can’t get around people anymore and when you can’t get around defenses, you’re forced to shoot jump shots all the time, even though your mind isn’t ready to take those shots.”

Harper continued.

“I think his confidence has wavered  a little bit. I never thought I’d say that or see that in a guy like Kobe Bryant, but he’s really showing that he’s human.”

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