Per a report by Bleacher Sport's Kevin Ding Kobe Bryant is once again ready to suit up for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bryant has been medically cleared to participate in all basketball activities ahead of the Lakers training camp which will be commencing this month.
Bryant, 37, has suffered injuries that have kept him out of the Lakers line-up the past two seasons. Kobe suffered a lateral tibial plateau fracture in his left knee early on in the 2013-14 season which kept him out for around six weeks.
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The knee would continue to be an issue for Bryant who was shut down by the Lakers in March of the same season, missing out on the final month of the NBA calendar. Bryant entered the 2014-15 season full of fire and was in tremendous form, however in January of that season he suffered a rotator cuff tear in his right shoulder and was ruled out for the remainder of the season once again.
It is safe to say that this will be music to any Lakers fans ears. The team is deep in rebuild mode after two consecutive seasons missing the playoffs. The team made some very nice additions over the summer after acquiring All-Star center Roy Hibbert in a trade with the Indiana Pacers whilst also signing guard Lou Williams and Forward Brandon Bass from free agency.
However, Bryant's return signals the Lakers best off season addition. How much Kobe can contribute to the team at his age and coming off two big injuries remains to be seen but one thing is for certain is that the Lakers will win more games now he is back.
His statistics don't lie. Kobe is one of the best to ever play in the Lakers purple and gold and to ever grace an NBA court. An NBA veteran of 19 years he has won everything there is to win and more. A five-time NBA champion and two-time NBA Finals MVP Bryant won his sole MVP trophy in the 2007-08 season after guiding the Lakers to a 57 win season.
Bryant only trails NBA legends Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabaar on the NBA all-time scorers list. Kobe sits on 32,482 points while Malone sits on 36,928 and Abdul-Jabaar leads all scorers with a monumental 38,387 career points.
Whether or not this season is Bryant's last remains to be seen. His contract comes to an end next summer and although the Lakers will be keen to extend it the physical toll on Bryant's body after 19 seasons may just catch up with him. There is no doubt that Kobe is one of the best to ever play the game, but it would be an almost impossible task to guide the Lakers to a title this season.
Lakers fans will still rejoice however that they haven't seen him in a Lakers jersey for the last time.