NBA veteran Kobe Bryant once stated that he would retire from the game he's dominated for so long at age 36. But with the addition of 2-time league MVP Steve Nash and dominant center Dwight Howard, both of whom are perennial All Stars, Kobe has changed his mind about retirement. 34-year-old Bryant realized that the acquisition of the two fellow superstars gives him a better chance at winning another NBA title. So he has extended his retirement age to 40 as he feels he can continue to ball at that point in his life.

"My aim is to play until I'm 40 years old and I believe I can do that," Bryant said. "This year, we added very good players to our squad. Steve Nash, Dwight Howard will make us stronger. Right now, things are not going very well but I believe it'll get better soon."

At his current age, Kobe has had a longer run in the league than most of his peers. He was drafted back in 1996 and has never been injury-prone. He has logged over 51,000 minutes played in his NBA career, giving him 16 full seasons as a professional. If this present Los Angeles Lakers team stays together over the next four years, do you see Kobe bringing more titles to L.A.?