Kobe Bryant is still some distance away from full fitness after the serious injury he sustained last season, and the NBA legend may have to face up to the prospect of returning to one of the weakest LA Lakers teams in years.
The Lakers lost two big players in the off-season with both Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace leaving Los Angeles, and their replacements - Chris Kaman and Wesley Johnson - are not deemed quite up to scratch.
Along with Bryant, the Lakers have injury concerns over key players Steve Nash and Pau Gasol, and the prospects for 2014 are not looking great at the moment for the California based franchise.
Bryant sustained an Achilles tendon tear against Golden State last season and has been on the treatment table ever since, but even his return may not be enough to save the Lakers - at least that's the opinion of some.
One of those would be former NBA star Tracy McGrady - a recent retiree - who admits he 'feels sorry' for Bryant after witnessing a lacklustre Lakers limp over the line against Utah Jazz on Tuesday night.
The Lakers won by 14 points, but looked far from a team capable of doing anything in 2014, and McGrady has sympathy for Bryant with regards to the quality of the team he will rejoin after injury.
He tweeted: "Sitting here watching the Lakers, and I feel sorry for my boy Jellybean when he comes back!"
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