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"In preparing for this season, [Kobe] 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. Said Bryant, 'I’m going to max (my last two years) out, too, to do whatever I can. Leave no stone unturned, no water left in the sponge.'"
— Chris Ballard of Sports Illustrated