In the early part of the 2015-16 NBA Season, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was in a position fairly similar to that of Philadelphia Phillies star Ryan Howard. Bryant, a one-time MVP, was late in his career and after a slew of injuries, wasn't effective in a capacity even similar to what the league had come to expect to him. So on November 30, with some starting to suggest that he was holding back the franchise that he had won five championships for, Bryant announced that he would retire at the end of the season. Howard should consider doing something similar to what Bryant did.
Howard, though he is like Bryant in having one league MVP, is very much unlike Bryant in many regards. Bryant won five titles, is a lock to be a Hall of Famer and is considered by some to be one of the top 10 players to ever play in the NBA. Howard won't sniff being a Hall of Famer and certainly won't get the type of send-off that Bryant got from the league, but he still has pretty much everything to gain by bowing out on his career graciously, rather than fighting reality.