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Kobe Bryant: ‘Can’t Quite Push All The Way Through’ Achilles Yet Reviewed by Momizat on . As we get closer to the opening night showdown with the crosstown-rival Clippers, the number one question continually being asked is whether Kobe Bryant will be As we get closer to the opening night showdown with the crosstown-rival Clippers, the number one question continually being asked is whether Kobe Bryant will be Rating:
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Kobe Bryant: ‘Can’t Quite Push All The Way Through’ Achilles Yet

As we get closer to the opening night showdown with the crosstown-rival Clippers, the number one question continually being asked is whether Kobe Bryant will be on the floor for the game. Despite Kobe’s inhuman work ethic and intent on returning as soon as possible, it’s looking more and more likely that Bryant won’t be ready for opening night.

Before the Lakers’ preseason loss to the Golden State Warriors, Bryant spoke with Lakers reporter Mike Trudell and said he can’t push off his Achilles yet:

This Lakers team is going to need Kobe to be at his best just to challenge for a playoff spot in this deep Western Conference. The fact that Kobe still is unable to push off the Achilles the way he will need to puts a lot of doubt into him being ready with the season opener just 10 days away.

Bryant delved even more into what he is dealing with during his rehab on his Achilles with Trudell:

With his Achilles still getting tight after workouts, it makes it impossible for Kobe to be able to undergo his rigorous conditioning that he needs in order to get back into basketball shape.

Kobe is a freak of nature capable of anything he puts his mind to. But even he can’t excel at the level he’s accustomed to until this Achilles is willing to cooperate with him, and that is not in his control. It’s beginning to look like even the great Kobe can’t make this comeback as quick as he, and we, would like.

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  • PanMan

    Why don’t people stop rushing Kobe to get back? It should be obvious that he will need time at least through the end of the year to return in any sort of top form!! Rushing back will certainly not help or attain that!! The media should take a break from reporting this everyday. It is getting tiring hearing about this. I can only imagine how Kobe the player feels about the same old questions, Wow!!

  • ra

    Does anyone else think that rushing it might increase the potential for a re-injury? Is it just a matter of conditioning the Achilles, and all will actually be better than new? Or, does care have to be taken in recovery, so that it doesn’t pop again?

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