Kobe Bryant ‘Shattered’ Recovery Timetable For Achilles Injury Reviewed by Momizat on . Once it became official that Kobe Bryant had ruptured his Achilles tendon and required surgery, the timetable of six to nine months was set for the five-time NB Once it became official that Kobe Bryant had ruptured his Achilles tendon and required surgery, the timetable of six to nine months was set for the five-time NB Rating:
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Kobe Bryant ‘Shattered’ Recovery Timetable For Achilles Injury

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Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles LakersOnce it became official that Kobe Bryant had ruptured his Achilles tendon and required surgery, the timetable of six to nine months was set for the five-time NBA champion to get back on the floor for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Reportedly, Kobe says he’s on pace to fully recover from surgery much earlier than anticipated, via John Hartzell of NBA.com:

“The surgical procedure was different […] and because of that the recovery has been different,” Bryant said in the southern city of Shenzhen. “The normal timetable for recovery from an Achilles, we’ve shattered that. Three-and-a-half months I can already walk just fine, I’m lifting weights with the Achilles just fine and that’s different. So we don’t know what that timetable is going to be. It’s kind of new territory for us all.”

With Kobe walking around and touring China less than four months since suffering the injury, the veteran shooting guard being in the starting lineup against the Los Angeles Clippers on opening night on Oct. 29 is a very realistic possibility.

After sustaining the severe injury against the Golden State Warriors back in April, Kobe’s NBA career was thought to be in serious jeopardy. Kobe will be heading into the final year of his contract with the Lakers and has talked about retiring frequently over the past season, but it now appears that he is ready to extend his career by as much as three or four years.

The real question will be whether or not Kobe is the same player of old. The veteran guard will turn 35 later this month and coming back from an injury that has ended the careers of other NBA greats like Isiah Thomas and Dominique Wilkins.

Only time will tell if Kobe will remain one of the most dominant players in the league and will have another shot at a sixth NBA title as a result.


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  • Emil Xavier Graves

    Knicks fans be like “metta better elbow his ankle tho”

  • ra

    still don’t know. Once you have this injury, and it’s repaired, is there a ‘greater chance’ that it can be injured (ruptured) again? Or, since it’s repaired, is it ‘better than new’ and like starting fresh with a brand new achilles tendon?

    • Jim213

      Kobe will hopefully return at 90% otherwise Kobe will be Kobe. (COMPETITOR)

    • Daryl Peek

      It can go eithr way. It ended Isaiah Thomas at 33 years old. Dominque Wilkins went on to play 9 more seasons after it. He was 32 at the time and was very productive after it.

      • Zimmeredge

        seeing what his timetable is it’s sure he used the TENOLIG technic to repair it. he will be very effective when he gets back but he won’t drive or iso or posterize like he did in the past. he won’t be able to do it because he is risking too much in doing that and because his left foot is now less flexible. he will have to use pnr more, he will have to go to the low post more, to take easy jumpers at the FT line.
        still a 24/25 ppg player.

        • ra

          Great answer. Just what I was looking for. So, when he is actually playing basketball, he has to be ‘constantly mindful’ of the injury? What if he forgets for a second and tries to drive to the basket? If he really can’t do that anymore, then opponents will know that and guard him closer on the perimeter. This sucks.

          Or, is he just going to be a spot-up jump shooter? (you mention low post, but he can be guarded more strongly from there if he isn’t going to drive to the basket).

          • Eddie Lazaro

            As of what we have seen him with his past injuries, he was never mindful of any of them, or he won’t suit up at all. At this point and age of his career, he will make it certain that he will come back fitter and healthier than ever to suit up. His door closing up on him to get the 6th ring and can not afford to have any more injury to jeopardize that chance.

          • ra

            Yes, but this injury is different. He played with a broken finger (more than one), and other similar injuries that one can play ‘through’. If he tears the Achilles tendon ‘again’, he’s out again … for maybe 6 months or so. And it might be worse. it’s not an injury you can play through. Also, the person above (zimmeredge) suggested that he can’t ‘run to the basket’ – he has to be ‘mindful’ of that, and other ‘very specific’ moves that could cause re-injury.

            If he’s limited in ‘types of moves’ like that, he can’t just play without thinking and then SURPRISE, it’s re-torn and he’s out for another year (or longer). It seems he has to be mindful of this one (Achilles) while playing. That’s actually very difficult to do, for anyone. But yes, if anyone can do it — he can.

          • Daryl Peek

            Nique ruptured his Achilles on January 28 1992. Nique only missed 12 games in the 92-93 season. He was not human highlight film explosive but he still battled Jordan for the scoring title, averaging 30 points a game that season.

          • Eddie Lazaro

            I agree with you, but knowing Kobe, he’ll find ways to be productive, and take the challenge like he did with the others.

            Coming back from Injury is a mind game, and if you are afraid of having to go thru that pain again, you will loose your edge and “You will never be the same”. “That’s is not Kobe”.

            At first, he’ll be limited on certain moves, his running, rebounding, his jump shots, cross over, but we have seen him time and time again to come back, adding different things to make his game better, compensating for what he lost/or is not capable of. He will not comeback if he is not ready or will not rush if he is not fit. He knows that if he re-injured this Achilles, his career will be over. When you play the game and becomes mindful of your injury, it will be like Bynum, etc. milking his minutes in the bench because he is afraid to put it all out there and the FEAR of what “IF” he re-injured himself again? It will not be Kobe to do so, he will develop certain moves to compensate, to adapt to the deficiency of not be being able to do certain moves.

            We will find out a lot more when he get back, but IMO, he will probably be the facilitator for few months since we have too many shooters we can rely on, then he will apply the full force “Mamba” style when he gets the juice flowing again.

          • Zimmeredge

            of course we are talking about Kobe Bryant, the guy has an attitude when it’s game time and he plays through injuries like any other players.
            as for the constantly mindful of the injury whether he drives, dunks or iso. Again we are talking about Kobe Bryant the guy is certainly the best attacker of his generation and arguably of all time. he masters every single move. He can do everything with and without a basketball. so if he “can’t” do those things, he can do other things to make him unguardable because he has a complete arsenal. Frankly i haven’t seen Kobe going to the rim as much as in SR 2012/13. it’s just adjusting his game -what he has done throughout his career- knowing that he can’t do this or that effectively.
            he won’t be mindful of it but he will have to use his other skills (and not overuse driving etc etc) to be even more unpredictable.

    • thoughtYou Knew

      no, the tendon actually gets stronger. the danger is stretching too soon as the tendon will never contract if it’s stretched too soon. once it’s healed, the only barrier is mental and favoring the other leg in the process causing injury to the other leg.

      • ra

        Thank you, thoughtYou Knew. That’s an even better answer. Chances are, then, that he takes care not to stretch it (knowing Kobe). The people here are helping to set the record straight about the injury and recovery. We do need to know these things.

      • richard

        Thanks for this comment.. it does put a lot of ease into so many fans’ mind, including yours truly.

        I understand that medical science has really gotten so much better the last decade and it is impossible to compare the recovery from the same injury to 2 persons of different era due to this. I for one, doubted that Kobe could come back in 6-9 months time. I thought the most logical time table is 1 year of recovery, which would mean that he has to sit the season out if that were so.

  • Ricky Belle

    in kobe we trust its his destiny to past mj

  • Valnomien

    of course he will be back he’s a cyborg

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