February 20, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) moves to the basket against the defense of Boston Celtics shooting guard Courtney Lee (11) and small forward Paul Pierce (34) during the first half at Staples Center . Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers rumors: Kobe Bryant analyzing Paul Pierce's game

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Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is fully aware that he’s no longer the young, spry talent that dominated the league in the mid and early 2000’s.

Coming off two devastating (though rather freak) injuries, Kobe still believes he can be a premier player in the NBA though understands to do so, he’ll need to make some adjustments to his game. One way he’s doing so is by studying fellow NBA talent who have succeeded in fighting off Father Time, including Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce.

The longtime Boston Celtics talent has maintained his solid play as he’s aged and Kobe Bryant is apparently attempting to analyze Pierce’s game so he can follow suit.

In preparing for this season, Bryant told friends that the player he is analyzing, as an example of adjusting your game as you get older, is fellow 36-year-old Paul Pierce. This is part of his goal to become “more efficient” on the court.

Pierce is by no stretch the only player who has found continued success in the NBA despite getting older, though he does share a similar style of game to Kobe Bryant which is why the Black Mamba likely has decided to analyze his game over another.

It’s a wonderful decision on Kobe’s part and one that very well could help him extend his playing career, though given Bryant’s love for the game it’s not exactly shocking that he’s decided to do this. I’m sure Paul Pierce is rather flattered as well as it’s not every day that one of the greatest to ever grace an NBA court decides to break down your game in effort to help themselves.

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