A long time without being on the hardwood can cause any player to gain a few extra pounds but superstar athlete Kobe Bryant was recently snapped looking rather large for his usual frame, cause for concern?

Bryant wasn't present for the Los Angeles Lakers meeting with free agent Carmelo Anthony and is currently still on the long road to recovery after his season ending injury, but for such a driven athlete, has Bryant slipped up in his calorie counting?

Many athletes can suffer with weight issues when they are attempting to recover from an injury, Derek Jeter was famously trounced with the nickname "Derek Eater" when he piled on the pounds in 2012 whilst suffering on the sidelines.

The photo of Kobe isn't flattering in the slightest but could it be the angle of the shot or bad lighting, the NBA just really hasn't seen an out-of-shape Kobe in the 18 years he has been in the league.

Back in October, Kobe joked around with the media that he needed to get back in shape and the Lakers will be hoping he gets to full fitness soon, as their current roster is filled with only four players for the upcoming season.

If the image really does portray the current Kobe then one thing is for sure, the insane work ethic of the 'Black Mamba' will kick in and the shooting guard will be in great shape as the first ball is tipped off in the new NBA season.

Also if you needed to be reminded just how driven this man is, just check out this video below:

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