Kobe Bryant will make one of the most eagerly anticipated basketball comebacks of this century in October when his Lakers team aim to rebound from a disastrous 2013-14 NBA season.
The last two seasons for Kobe Bryant have been rough for the Lakers superstar. Following a torn Achilles tendon injury back in 2013, Bryant suffered a knee fracture last season and only managed to complete six games.
He's ready to inspire
But despite these setbacks, the Black Mamba still remains confident in his own ability and he reveals that it's important to have perspective in tough times. Bryant says that in life and in sport, setbacks are just part of overcoming obstacles and surpassing expectations that you've set for yourself, and in turn, he feels he may be able to inspire his teammates.
”Hopefully it’ll inspire them [my teammates] to understand that overcoming is part of the deal, part of living," Kobe told Lakers Nation this week. "When you are faced with those types of challenges, you have two options, one you can shy away from it, do nothing about it or you can rise to the challenge. Doesn’t matter if you are a basketball player or a writer, we all have obstacles, hopefully what we’ll do here is inspire everyone else to do the same.”
Nobody knows for sure how the Lakers will perform during the upcoming season. Recovering from a 27-55 record will take some doing, but if there's one player that can help achieve a playoff berth in the upcoming season, it's Kobe.
For all the improvements that could happen around him, Bryant's performances will be the key ingredient the Lakers will need.
And the good news for Lakers fans is that Bryant is fully healed and ready for the rigors of the upcoming NBA season.
But don't just take our word for it, Lakers trainer Gary Vitti confirmed as much last month.
"Kobe is of course coming off the left Achilles tear on April 12, 2013, and the small knee fracture on Dec. 17, 2013, both of which have completely healed. You'd be crazy to bet against."