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Kobe Bryant News: Lakers Expect Kobe Back Jan. 28th Reviewed by Momizat on . After missing the first part of the season recovering from a torn Achilles tendon he sustained last season, Kobe Bryant returned for several games before re-inj After missing the first part of the season recovering from a torn Achilles tendon he sustained last season, Kobe Bryant returned for several games before re-inj Rating: 0
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Kobe Bryant News: Lakers Expect Kobe Back Jan. 28th

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KobeBryant2After missing the first part of the season recovering from a torn Achilles tendon he sustained last season, Kobe Bryant returned for several games before re-injuring the same leg, this time a fracture, and being sent back to the drawing board.

Now, less than a month after the injury was suffered, Bryant is supposedly already planning his next comeback. While on ESPN Radio 710 in Los Angeles this morning, Mike D’Antoni mentioned that Kobe (and Steve Nash) were looking to return sooner rather than later.

“Nash and Kobe are going to come back together at the end of the road trip. They’ll get re-evaluated and they could possibly be ready by the end of the road trip.”

We’ve heard other reports saying the team is targeting Jan. 28th as a possible return date, which was mentioned by LA Daily News reporter Mark Medina as well.

The date of Jan. 28th might surprise some people who thought Bryant would be out much longer. Initially declared a 6-8 week injury, Bryant is attempting to return about one month after sustaining the left knee fracture, which would put him ahead of the original schedule.

Some will argue Bryant is trying to come back too soon, especially considering the team is struggling and likely unable to reach the playoffs even with a healthy Bryant. It’s possible that Bryant could be taking an unnecessary risk by returning so soon, jeopardizing his usefulness in the future.

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ICYMI: Mike D’Antoni jokes about National Anthem jinxing the team before each game.


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  • J24

    Or it could be that maybe he’s healing faster than most would think and shutting up doubters left and right. In the words of Robert Horry,”Drink that Shut Up Juice.” Try to stay positive people, no need to be negative all the time. If he feels ready so be it, if not than let him rest, oh well that’s life.

  • Guest

    This is so stupid. Take the time to heal up. When Kobe came back, the first glaring thing you noticed was the lack of musculature in his injured leg. This is a recipe for additional injury, which is a terrible idea at this stage in Kobe’s career. The team is going nowhere this season with or without Kobe. They will be 15 games under .500 at that point. Why risk this? MDA will only play them too many minutes a la Farmar. Best solution is to rest up, heal, get strong and play the last few weeks of the season to shake off rust going into the offseason. Then train hard in the offseason to get in shape and fully strengthen that leg. Concentrate on the long term, not the short term.

  • notinbtnet

    This is so stupid. Take the time to heal up. When Kobe came back, the first glaring thing you noticed was the lack of musculature in his injured leg. This is a recipe for additional injury, which is a terrible idea at this stage in Kobe’s career. The team is going nowhere this season with or without Kobe. They will be 15 games under .500 at that point. Why risk this? MDA will only play them too many minutes a la Farmar. Best solution is to rest up, heal, get strong and play the last few weeks of the season to shake off rust going into the offseason. Then train hard in the offseason to get in shape and fully strengthen that leg. Think long term not short term.

  • kbak

    just rest this season. keep losing to get a high lottery pick!!!
    we ain’t making playoffs

  • gem gem

    Lakers are the worst team in the NBA without the main players.Keep it that why now why be so stupid and risk injury to Kobe????????????????????????Kobe looked like a shell of himself in his last stint now they want to rush him back after a KNEE FRACTURE WTF?????????????Just stupid ruining the franchise one day at a time.Dallas brought Dirk back after knee surgery last season at least they were still in the hunt for the playoffs.This is over the 8th spot??????????Wow the Lakers have tunnel vision and can’t focus on the long term goals at all.What a stupid decision to rush back Kobe and bring back old hobbled waggled Nash.

    • Frank

      I honestly think everyone in the FO wants him to take the year off. This is likely Kobe trying to get back quick so he can prove ESPN, Barkley, and his doubters wrong. If the FO had any balls, they’d walk up to Kobe and protect him from himself. This season is over, anybody can see that. The goal is the next 2 seasons (and beyond) and fielding a solid team alongside Kobe for his final 2 yrs.

    • Fantomas

      @ gem gem

      Dude, who are “they”? No one is pushing Kobe to come back. No one. He is so greedy and so stupid at the same time. He can not understand what the Achilles tendon is all about and think, in few weeks, he can be ready to go. No way Jose.I am a former ball player, who had a career end with that kind of injury. But, hey! Mr.24 thinks he is not a human. He thinks, he is a Superman and can do things no one else has done.He has shown to the World with his new contract, how much he cares about this team. Now, he wants to show to the World, how stupid he is.
      And make no mistake. I am big Lakers fan. Not Kobe Bryant fan.

  • Dan

    While I admire his competitiveness, this is one of the few instances ones pride actually hurts himself and more so, the team and it’s future. Why come back when the Lakers will in all likelihood be 10+ games under .500 by the end of January, and kill himself and use whatever mileage he got to finish 10th or 8th in the Conf-and get violated in the 1st rd in the process. Just rest up and let the team ride it out this year, get a top 10 or better pick, and reload in the offseason and go into next season with a better tearm. If Kobe plays, other players will go after him like Sharks. They smell blood and won’t ease up on him. Kobe will go after them too, but what if he hurts himself again? Just take the year off.

  • Fat Shepherd

    “Nash and Kobe are going to come back together at the end of the road trip. They’ll get re-evaluated and they could possibly be ready by the end of the road trip.”

    WTF?Why?No we need to keep losing for the high top 3 lottery pick.NO!!!!!!!

  • Sam Adams

    We need to keep tanking.Keep losing no Kobe or Nash sit out.Fuck pride.TANK!

    • TTKIN

      If the Lakers want to tank, then they proly SHOULD let Nash come back.

  • Kevin Morgan

    Please don’t comeback Kobe rest up and get healthy for next season.No Playoffs!

  • Jay Brodes

    of course he is coming back at end of the road trip..they are at msg!! as i said all along..mamba will be in new orleans!!! yes!!! nike drop his asg kix!!

  • Ken

    The FO needs to grow a pair and seriously protect Kobe from himself, especially with the 48.5mil they invested on him. Sit him the F out for the year.

  • TTKIN

    Why even bother bringing Nash back?

  • Fred Elliott Sr.

    Kobe should sit. This year with or without him they’re headed for the tank. There are about 8 teams with records worse than the Lakers in the entire league. Personally I’m hoping a few of those stank east coast teams can pick it up, get a better record so the Lakers can get a ping pong ball and hopefully draft Mr. Parker. So TANK BABY TANK !

  • Marty Susman

    There is ZERO resin for Kobe to play this year. We will OT win a ring BUT we will lose ground in our lottery dream if he comes back & we win twenty more games with him. We will not even go to the playoffs so winning a few motte games not only hurts our draft day BUT also put’s Kobe back in jeopardy of being hurt agin. Sorry, KOBE stay home & rest till next season, maybe practice nothing but three point shooting, be the NUMBER ONE THREE POINT GUY IN THE NBA next season….

  • L.A

    Start Trading now LAKERS. Common get something good player and a bit younger! a player that can play defense, offence and a intelligent player.

  • Fantomas

    They expect him back for one or maximum two games, so he can again got “injured” and miss another month or more.This is one big theater and all Lakers fans, who still have some hopes for this season are simply… idiots. The tanking is ON at full speed and no one can stop it. It won’t stop next year too, till we reload this scrappy team with solid ball-players. That is the reality.

  • Fantomas

    The Lakers don’t need Kobe or Nash back. For a first time in a decade, we have got the chance to have a lottery pic, which in this upcoming class of prospects means a franchise player. Currently, we hold the ninth spot for the draft. I believe, by the end of this season, we can catch that fifth spot and got into the lottery.

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