Time sure does fly when you're having fun.
Twenty seasons ago, a young Kobe Bryant entered the league to begin a phenomenal career. For much of that time, his aura was created by a relentless sense of competitiveness and an unbreakable confidence.
Back then, you couldn't tell Kobe nothin'. Now, all of the sudden, he's trying to tell us how much he sucks.
"I'm the 200th best player in the league right now. I freaking suck." -Kobe Bryant #lakers — Adnan Virk, ESPN (@adnanESPN) November 2, 2015
His demise so far this season is a sad one to see, and a bit confusing for everyone who's used to him being, well, Kobe.
Then you realize, he's been at this for a while. And like most people who have been at it for a while, even Kobe has to answer to Father Time.
The fact his greatness has spanned so many different eras in the league is a testament to his longevity, but it's a different NBA now.
Still, it's fascinating how many things have changed since Kobe first entered the league:
Back then, he used to wear number 8...
...now, he's KB24.
Back then, he was regarded as a "baby" version of Michael Jordan...
...now, he's surpassed MJ on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
Back then, he was single and had just taken recording artist Brandy to prom...
Kobe Bryant Took Brandy to His High School Prom. #Cheers pic.twitter.com/BRPqj7H0dC — 247Highlights (@247Highlights_) August 20, 2015
...now, he's been married for 14 years and has two kids
Back then, Jerry West was the all-time scoring leader for the LA Lakers franchise...
...now, Kobe is.
Kobe Bryant passes Jerry West as Los Angeles Lakers all-time top scorer - http://tinyurl.com/ylcz8to — ESPN (@espn) February 2, 2010