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Kobe at 40? It can be done

By Sam Amico

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant told his goal is to play until he’s 40 years old. Here’s a look at other NBA 40-somethings, both past and present:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, C: Averaged 10.1 ppg and 4.5 rpg as a 41-year old with the Lakers.

Kevin Willis, C/PF: Played until the age of 44, making him the oldest player of the modern era. Ended career in Dallas in 2007.

• Michael Jordan, G: Unlike others on this list, he took three years off before coming back with the Wizards. Had a knee issue his first season, but performed considerably better in his second and last (2002-03), averaging 20.0 ppg and playing all 82 games at the age of 40.

Karl Malone, PF: Played his final season with Lakers (and Kobe), reaching the Finals but failing to win it all (2003-04). Averaged 13.2 ppg and 7.3 rpg at the age of 40.

John Stockton, PG: Also completed his career at the age of 40, averaging 10.8 points and 7.7 assists with the Jazz, the only team he’d ever known.

• As for active players, Clippers forward Grant Hill and Knicks forward Kurt Thomas both became members of the 40-something crowd last month. Thomas turned 40 on Oct. 4 and Hill a day later.


Nat Hickey, G/F; Year Retired: 1948; Age: 45

• Kevin Willis, PF/C; Year Retired: 2007; Age: 44

• Robert Parish, C; Year Retired: 1997; Age: 43

• Dikembe Mutombo, C; Year Retired: 2009; Age: 42

• Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, C; Year Retired: 1989; Age: 42

• Bob Cousy, PG; Year Retired: 1970; Age: 41

• Herb Williams, C; Year Retired: 1999; Age: 41

John Stockton, PG; Year Retired: 2003; Age: 41

• Charles Jones, F/C; Year Retired: 1998; Age: 41

• Karl Malone, PF; Year Retired: 2004; Age: 40

• Rick Mahorn, PF; Year Retired: 1999; Age 40

• John Long, G/F; Year Retired: 1997; Age: 40

• James Edwards, C; Year Retired: 1996; Age: 40

• Clifford Robinson, F/C; Year Retired: 2007; Age: 40

• Charles Oakley, PF; Year Retired: 2004; Age: 40

• Michael Jordan, SG: Year Retired: 2003; Age: 40

• Danny Schayes, C/F; Year Retired: 1999; Age: 40

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