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Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Doesn’t Plan On Sitting Out Season Reviewed by Momizat on . For the first time since fracturing the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, Kobe Bryant spoke to the media before his team faced the Miami Heat on Christma For the first time since fracturing the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, Kobe Bryant spoke to the media before his team faced the Miami Heat on Christma Rating: 0
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Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Doesn’t Plan On Sitting Out Season


For the first time since fracturing the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, Kobe Bryant spoke to the media before his team faced the Miami Heat on Christmas Day. With this being the first time in his career where he hasn’t played on Christmas, Bryant has had a difficult time just watching, but is determined to return as soon as possible.

Since sustaining the injury, many have suggested that the five-time champion should sit out this season so the Lakers can have a high lottery pick in anticipation of this year’s draft class. However, Bryant doesn’t plan on sitting out this season according to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

While the return timetable is at least six weeks, Bryant says he owes it to the Lakers organization to return as soon as possible. With all the negativity surrounding this latest setback, Bryant says that his spirits are fine and feels more locked in than ever to prove his doubters wrong.

Although some fans want Bryant to sit out the season, it’s no surprise that he intends on returning this season. His mindset has always been to win championships and this season is no different despite the much lower expectations.

While no one wanted to see Bryant go down with another injury, this will give him time to further strengthen his Achilles and measure what he can do on the court. In only six games this season, Bryant averaged 13.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 6.3 assists.

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  • Paytc

    Kobe still has some unfinished business to handle :-) Like it or not, Kobe will be back playing again at a high level. So brace yourself busters,doubters, haters,and critics. :-) LOL………

    Cheers to Kobe’s successful return to the top ,and a few more Laker championships along the way.

    Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

    • Chyeah

      Kobe is done, let him be

      • Paytc

        I think only Kobe can make that statement true. You can feel anyway you want to about Kobe, just as I can.

        I think people like me who are supporting him when he is going through some adversity shows class, and some compassion. Perhaps you should try to show some respect too after all Kobe has done for the Lakers,the NBA,Nike,and the game world-wide.

        Or you can keep hoping and praying he’s done… and keep watching him exceed expectations until he’s ready to call it quits himself. I know it must be hard to take :-) LOL……

        Cheers to Kobe’s successful return to the top and more Laker championships in the process.

        Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

        • Chyeah

          If I say Kobe is done, how is that disrespectful? I absolutely respect for all he has done but all that is in the past now, I’m more concerned about the future. As far as I can see, Kobe is done even if he does come back he will never be the same and I doubt he’ll win his 6th ring. So for the next two years, I’m expecting two more heartbreaking seasons like the current one so far. However, I will be more than happy to see Kobe exceed expectations and prove me wrong, I’m counting on it that he does.

          • Paytc

            Well in my opinion the way your showing your faith and support in him is not very encouraging. I am glad your not in a position to limit his success because you would do exactly that ,and might not even be aware your doing it?

            Or perhaps you would be aware and your lack of confidence in him would “try”(unsuccessfully) to limit him.

            I would never try to feel or think for you, that’s your job.
            And you are free to have and express your opinion.

            Kobe thrives off of doing what most can not, and that irritates those without as much talent who think less of themselves.

            I actually get a charge out of Kobe and other great players exceeding expectations. That’s why I support great players while so many hate,doubt,critique,and are jealous of them.

            I guess it’s because I don’t like placing a ceiling on greatness. No I feel great about myself so I like to encourage greatness in myself, and in others.

            I tend to focus my attention on what humans “can do” not what they can’t do.

            Go Kobe ! So many of us are cheering for your successful return to the top, and more Laker championships against all odds in the process.

            Go Lakers !

          • Paytc

            Kobe is still writing chapters in his amazing NBA history book. He is not done doing that until he hangs it up regardless to what anyone else thinks.

            He actually looked pretty good in his short return back from a major injury. What Kobe has been able to do ,and will be able to do, serves as a source of inspiration for others who are told to quit, and give-up on their dreams.

            I say go for your dreams regardless to the saps and dream killers.

        • LurinWitbait

          Kobe is my guy but let’s be real he’s donehe will nnever admit it due to pride his body can’t endure the nba grind

          • Paytc

            I guess you know Kobe personally, and share what’s going on in his heart? So when a younger player gets injured or slowed down like lets say Jeremy Lin or Jordan Farmar they are not done? Just when Kobe gets a set back right?

            Kobe has played 18 years and this is the 1st major injury.
            He was playing pretty good until he hurt his knee. So is Derek Rose done also? What do you or anyone else know about the heart and ability of a great athlete? Kobe’s body is not his problem IMO.

            He can and will return to playing at a high level dispite the haters,doubter,critic,naysayers,and jealous talentless busters.

            Until it’s proven otherwise he has mine and millions of others support. Do we think everyone will be pulling for him?
            Of course not. Just like their are people who don’t like you and have doubts about what you can do. I would bet on Kobe before I would on you or any other doubters.

            Everyone is free to think what they want. But know one is free to think for me. I reserve that right and so does Kobe.

            You can guess what we think about the rest out there.

            Go Kobe !

          • Holly

            My thoughts exactly! Derek Rose was the 1st player that came to mind for me. As far as I’m concerned, Kobe proved without question that he’s far from “done” the night he ruptured his Achilles & remained on the court to shoot his 2 free throws & score the 2 game winning points. Not to mention WALKING off the court with pretty much no Achilles tendon. In my opinion, we shouldn’t try to stop anyone from hating, having ignorant opinions or counting him out tho. Those people are fuel to a fire that only Kobe Bryant has! His whole reason for breathing at this point is to shut haters down & prove them wrong. So the more the merrier! Hate on haters! Lol

          • Paytc

            I agree ! But I like to irritate them like an ingrown hair full of infection :-) LOL……. I try to keep their blood pressure up until kobe returns to demonstrate far more pain than I could ever articulate.

            We know they want him to be done, because he makes all their favorite players look like high schoolers.

            I don’t personally think Kobe needs any fuel from any of these haters,doubters,naysayers,critics,etc….

            Kobe’s fuel comes from within, that’s why they can’t fade him. Kobe is gonna shine whether they hate or support.
            They’re just putting themselves through extra unnecessary misery.

            Cheers to Kobe’s successful return to the top and a few more Laker championships in the process. Against all odds….

            Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

  • Jim213

    Kobe will be Kobe but likely to return 2/2014 IMO.

  • Apex

    Kobe would be back if he was missing his left leg, he’s too damn tuff!!!

    • Paytc

      Exactly ! Kobe is one of the games all time best. Supporters like us are gonna keep giving him our support and encouragement.

      Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

  • J Taylor

    Why would kobe want to sit out? At this point, he’s played 6 games in 9 months and should be well rested.

    And, he can still be a top 3 (maybe #1) SG in the league. Sure he’s not a Superstar anymore, but he can still contribute as much as most Max Contract players. You can argue that he’s about $5M overpaid, but he can argue that the Lakers make $75M by him being on the team each year, and have a Billion dollar media contract because of him. – Sometimes “business” and cap space conflict, but there is still enough space to sign Melo and Blodsoe…. so maybe Mitch knows what he’s doing?

    • Paytc

      Many good points.

      The only one I take issue with is saying Kobe is not a superstar. Not sure what definition your using? Kobe is still the best player on the Lakers and in the conversation on best in the league IMO .He’s still one of the most popular players world-wide. IMO he is a superstar !

      Sure he may have to re-establish himself and prove what he already knows to others once again. But after watching him play before injuring his knee he looked pretty good for someone who hadn’t played the game in about 8 months. I and Kobe, among many others already know whats up.

      I think the time off helps his body more than it hurts it.

      Kobe will return to the top, because Kobe keeps focusing on that not any distractors.

      What have any of them done to establish their own legacy in the NBA? If they knew so much about what Kobe can’t do why has he been able to do so much more than they have regardless to their lame predictions ?

      Kobe is gonna finish his career just as he began it ……

      “Exceeding expectations”.

      ” They can say he can’t, but I say he can” time will prove it better than any words spoken.

      Kobe is a once in a lifetime player. I am enjoying every minute of this guys amazing career. 20 years of high level playing on the same team has never been done before, and I highly doubt it will be duplicated.

      Go Kobe ! Go Lakers !

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