Former NBA forward Caron Butler believes Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant could still play in the NBA today.

Butler explained his thoughts to Kristine Leahy on the latest episode of Fair Game:

In 1,346 career games for the Lakers, Bryant cemented himself as the greatest Laker of all-time. He holds career averages of 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.

The 6-foot-6 shooting guard was an 18-time All-Star, two-time scoring champion, 15-time All-NBA team member, two-time Finals MVP and five-time champion with the Purple and Gold.

Bryant is the third-leading scoring in NBA history. Some pundits point to his inefficient shooting numbers as to why Kobe is not higher on their all-time lists. At the end of the day, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but players who played against Bryant like Butler know exactly what Kobe brought to the table every night.

The Lakers retired Bryant’s number No. 8 and 24 jersey. He will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer one day and always be number one in the hearts of Lakers fans.

In terms of coming back to the NBA, that's not in the cards for Bryant. He has a multimedia empire headlined by his The Punies podcast, which shares important life lessons on how to play with joy and limitless imagination.