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Lakers News: Dr. Klapper Believes Kobe Will Be Ready For Opener Reviewed by Momizat on . Many believe that whether or not the Lakers return to the playoffs next season or head to the lottery for the first time since 2005 will depend on when Kobe Bry Many believe that whether or not the Lakers return to the playoffs next season or head to the lottery for the first time since 2005 will depend on when Kobe Bry Rating:
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Lakers News: Dr. Klapper Believes Kobe Will Be Ready For Opener

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix SunsMany believe that whether or not the Lakers return to the playoffs next season or head to the lottery for the first time since 2005 will depend on when Kobe Bryant returns from a torn Achilles. Just as important is at what level Bryant returns to.

Bryant raised some spirits when he posted a video of him running on a treadmill. And Dr. Robert Clapper appeared on the Max & Marcellus Show on ESPNLA 710 and gave some more hope to Lakers Nation:

Despite being 34 years old and on the downside of his career, Bryant put forth one of the greatest seasons of his career before ultimately succumbing to the Achilles injury. If he is able to return at 80 percent of his level last year that will be an amazing accomplishment.

Now we wonder will 80 percent of Bryant be good enough to carry the Lakers to the playoffs next season. 100 percent of Bryant was barely able to get the Lakers to the seventh seed in last year’s playoffs, so if he is only 80 percent the Lakers may very well be back in the lottery.

With Kobe set to have his Achilles evaluated in a few weeks, we will get a better idea on whether or not Bryant really will be ready for opening night against their Staples Center co-tenants, the Los Angeles Clippers.

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  • Jim213

    So given that 80%=90% for KB24 he should return late November to make certain he’s in top form.

  • ra

    Klap off, Klap on … the Klapper! OK, Klapper’s on. I hope the 80% is just for beginning of season, and not a pronouncement of Kobe’s potential all year long, right?

  • Zimmeredge

    80% not 79 or 81? whoa this guy is such a genius of medical arythmetics.
    achilles = 20 % off
    broken leg= ?
    torn ligaments= ?

    non sense bs.

  • LakersBuss

    This is more proof that the Lakers are absolutely not tanking next season.Why the hell would Kobe Bryant comeback so soon unless they want to make a playoffs seeding?

    Otherwise no point in coming back for the season opener.Other obvious signs the Lakers are not tanking for Wiggins are they have not traded Pau Gasol and Steve Nash for picks and cap relief instead they have kept them on the team roster and are paying into the luxury tax yet again.

    Of course if we tank next season and get Andrew Wiggins or another top franchise pillar in the most hyped draft ever,plus all our salary cap space to attract stars that want to build a dynasty with the Lakers and Wiggins or whoever we draft,we will be well on our way to a very quick and excellent rebuild but if we win 43-48 games and make the playoffs it’s probably the 18th pick and free agent Carmelo Anthony plus what we already have on the current roster.

    The Lakers are not tanking next season.Too much talent with the big 3 leading the way.Kobe,Nash,Gasol along with Nick Young,Wes Johnson,Chris Kaman Lakers are too good to be a bottom feeder.

    At least they are not showing any intentions on purposely tanking.If we trade Pau Gasol and Steve Nash then i will believe 100% we are tanking for Wiggins,until then i believe the Lakers are way too proud of a franchise to be tanking.Kobe Bryant will be back and the Lakers will be in the playoffs as usual.

  • Rich

    under promise, over deliver!

  • Paytc

    It’s Kobe Bryant’s opinion that matters most.Only the individual knows how they feel ,and in Kobe’s case he’s not the typical individual.Ask 4 doctors, and you’ll get at least 3 different opinions.They are “practicing” physicians not “all knowing Gods”.

    Hopefully Kobe has the best recovery possible and continues playing at the incredible level we’ve grown accustom to seeing him at.I also hope his supporting cast stays healthy, and rewards him for coming back with all out effort on both ends,not excuses.

  • Daryl Peek

    At first thought I wanted Kobe to come back later (like December) but hearing him say he’s open to a lesser role and lessened minutes, I hope Dr. Clapper is right. A Mamba that’s willing to give guidance and shine to players like Young and Johnson would be deadly IMO! Offensive flow will be off the charts!! That will be some fun basketball to watch. It’s been a minute since we’ve seen that…

    • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

      With too many shooters, I see him on a more of a facilitator type to bring the team together, like last year and more. Also as part of him doing his rehab and giving confidence to the roster at the same time. We all know his Mamba mentality, he will aggressively set the offense, though this time, he will be shooting less, getting everyone involved on both ends of the court. We will see a lot of 3s and high flyers, the only difference this time is, he will be the one on the passing end, mastering his dissing abilities as he did when he was younger. It will be fun to watch him go back to having double-double night after night, playing point, where he will have 20pts, 10ast, 6reb, 2stl,1blk and possibly even do triple-double in some nights. For the last 17yrs, no one has figured him out, his game I mean, but IMO, this year will be the coming of Kobe where his assist as another killers move from his arsenal, surprising everyone (again) how he can bring this group together so potent, and scary comes playoff time.

      • Daryl Peek

        I see Kobe being more of a traditional SG coming off his injury. He wont have the explosiveness for a few months. Allowing Nash to run the offense coupled with improving his jumper off of SNR’s or kick outs would be best. I see him playing more like a Ray Allen early on. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying he should be just a spot up shooter. Being a triple threat at the elbow is very taxing when healthy. Facilitating from that sweet spot is too much of a load for recovering Kobe. He must use his teammates. This is gonna be an interesting season for Kobe.

        • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

          I see that, but seeing him as part facilitator will be great for Nash offense also, on spot ups (both of them) making opponents defense wondering who will do what. There will be a lot of ball sharing, PnR, back door passes and since we have a lot of range shooters, spreading the floor will keep opponents guessing. Remember, MDA’s system is not too much of post up plays and though Kobe is a great spot up shooter, we already have too many of them. it will also be taxing for his legs to be running around, in trying to avoid traps or do face up jumpers. I can see him more on the cross court, slash and pass, pick & pop since we have Gasol and Kaman in the middle, while Hill, Johnson and young on put backs or the bigs passing from the inside out. my 2cents.

  • Aaron Ellington

    I am excited for this up coming season like every season, especially with these new acquisitions. If we can enter this season winning five out of the first six games. Confidence will carry us a long way. We need a strong defense, a one, two, and three punch on offense , and a lock down defender on the first unit and the second unit.

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