If you tell Kobe Bryant he can’t do something, it’s most likely he’ll go out of his way to prove you that he can.
Just before the NBA play-offs were about to tip off, Kobe Bryant faced heartbreak when tore his Achilles, an injury that has ended the career of some of basketball most iconic players – most notably Isiah Thomas who retired at 32 following a ruptured Achilles.
People surrounding the NBA doubted whether the Los Angeles Lakers star would ever make it back out onto the court, but just six weeks after surgery, Kobe Bryant, says he’s aiming to be back for next season’s NBA opener.
According to ESPN, Bryant is eyeing a return for the 2013/14 season opener, hoping to be back in physical shape in time for another hope of winning a sixth NBA championship ring with the Los Angeles Lakers.
It remains to be seen whether or not Bryant actually makes it happen, but with the passion and grit determination that we’ve seen the 34-year-old have in his illustrious career, it would be a bad idea to bet against him.
Given that Bryant is as industrious a worker and quick a healer as there is in the professional sports world, it's not a matter of whether he makes a comeback but whether there will be any ripple effect of the injury.
Los Angeles Lakers fans may need to accept that their beloved franchise player may never come back the same player. The player that entertained so many fans with clutch drives to the basket or hitting the most impossible shots.
The simple fact is, Kobe Bryant might have to adapt his game to suit his new physical abilities. This could mean that Bryant may have to become more of an outside shooter, whilst letting the big men do the work inside.
The great thing is though, like we saw this season, Bryant is willing to do anything to help his Los Angeles Lakers side.
Whether he becomes a facilitator or remains a scorer, it’s clear that Kobe Bryant will have some involvement in the franchises season next year.
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