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Lakers News: Mitch Kupchak Doesn’t Expect Kobe Back In Two Weeks

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Kobe BryantThe Los Angeles Lakers have been like Jekyll and Hyde this season. One night they look like a legitimate playoff contender in the Western Conference and the next night you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the Lakers and the Charlotte Bobcats.

Along with the Lakers lack of consistency, the team has dealt with injury issues to Steve Nash and are still waiting for the return of Kobe Bryant.

Recently, Kobe talked about his return to the floor and made many feel as if he’d be returning sooner rather than later. The five-time NBA champion let it known that he was ramping up his workouts and hinted at the prospect of returning in the next two weeks.

Apparently, GM Mitch Kupchak isn’t convinced Kobe will return that early according to Eric Pincus of the L.A. Times:

“I don’t see that in the next week or two because you’ve got to be on the court. You’ve got to practice. You’ve got to play,” Kupchak, speaking at a morning event for season-ticket holders at Staples Center, said of the team’s All-Star guard.

Kupchak makes a logical assessment of Kobe’s status. The perennial All-Star isn’t practicing and you simply can’t jump back on the floor without doing so. Although the Lakers desperately need Kobe back in the lineup in order to help right the ship this season, it doesn’t make much sense to rush him back.

At this point in time, it’d be safe to assume that Kobe returning next month might be more realistic. A Christmas Day return might make the most sense and that may have been the plan all along.

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  • Gregory Choa

    That’s fine…two weeks, three weeks…whatever. It’s imperative that Kobe continue with his rehab regimen irrespective of how the this particular group is performing on a nightly basis. There is absolutely NO sense in rushing Kobe back. I’d like to see some of these young players continue to develop and this team play hard, but the most important thing is that Kobe makes his return only when he is truly ready. As much as I’m pining for him to come back and assimilate with this group, I’m much more concerned about his status and health when the Lakers decide to extend him in a new deal, and in advance of this summer, when the team will FINALLY have some real cap flexibility to sign a blue chip free agent or two.

    • Paytc

      I agree with you !

      • Rhey Agua

        get back PHIL 11 rings JACKSON

        • kolo24

          He already gots 11 rings ….

  • Paytc

    I don’t either. There is no need to rush Kobe back. The team needs to find a way to win in his absence, because even upon his return it will take time for him to get into top playing form. Kobe should not return until either a game or two before the big Christmas matchup ,or a few games after that game. Preferably after the Heat’s game. Kobe needs to slowly work himself back into the game. His first game back should be against an easy team at home. He will be back soon enough and that’s all that matters. How well he plays upon return is far more important than how soon he returns. Go Kobe! Go Lakers !

    • Gregory Choa

      Amen!

  • Matt Williams

    I’d say mid-December. We just need to change some things to get better. Like trade some players *cough* Nash *cough*

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Lakers leading scorer on the season is Jodie Meeks averaging 12.3 PPG.That is horrendous considering Kobe averages 25.5 PPG for his career.We could use a Superstar named Kobe.Get well soon,we need his scoring tbh.

  • JohnC

    BUT… what if Kobe is back? Who is expecting Kobe to be 100% in the first 30-45 days???

    —-> Look at Pau: had his surgery & he is not 100%
    —-> and in fact he believes he’s never going to be physically 100% ever again. Which does not mean his skills cannot make him contribute in a top-NBA effective level. Honestly, I believe he’s 33 – not 27 anymore – and after last summer + last season he is recovering more slowly. Time will speak.

    BUT 2: Let’s be 100% optimistic and Kobe comes back and he’s 100% Kobe:

    —-> IS HE GOING TO CHANGE THINGS for LA by himself?

    Does LA have the team to fight the Heat, Thunder, Spurs…?

    I have been very critic with D’Antoni – but this year my vote (who am I by the way?) is ”the coach is innocent”. As an ‘LA’ aficionado (Pau aficionado mainly, I confess) I hope the guys go out there and try and play good basketball & have fun & be sportmen = it’s the only chance they improve and offer good moments & games. I truly believe this is still a sport and LA have got very talented players.

    Too much tension = the opposite to good results.

    • JohnC

      Let’s enjoy playing and then we’ll enjoy winning. The only recipe that has ever worked in all sports (but boxing, probably).

    • Gregory Choa

      JohnC, you bring up a couple of very valid/key points to consider at this precipitous junture of the season…and I realize we’re only two weeks in…but the Lakers have a very important decision to make as Kobe continues to prepare himself for his eventual return to the court, and in what will be his “swan song” final deal with the only franchise he’ll ever play for. If Nash is truly done – and I mean diagnosed as done by doctors looking into this freak nerve damage, leg/back/hamstring injury of his – then he should get shut done and the Lakers will just have to write off that (pretty devastating) loss. And, without it’s true floor leader that only Nash could’ve been, I just don’t see any reason for Kobe to; a) rush back, b) accrue any more mileage to his frame in a futile effort, and/or c) play at all this season. Yes, it’ll be a disappointment for the fans, and yes, it’ll be a very expensive ($30m) rehab assignment, but I think in the long run – and given what the franshise has to do to get ready for the next 3+ seasons – it’s the smart and correct thing to do.

      “I hope the guys go out there and try and play good basketball & have fun & be sportmen = it’s the only chance they improve and offer good moments & games. I truly believe this is still a sport and LA have got very talented players.” Absolutely! Let D’Antoni continue to develope these athletic young players…go ahead, rotate 11-12 players…heck, throw Kelly, Sacre and Tobias Harris into the mix while you’re at it, and go out there and have some fun and compete. Gasol will play out his final season with the Lakers and contribute whatever he can…and when the season is over, the Lakers will re-evaulate everything – starting with coming to terms with Kobe for his final (2-3yr) chapter with the team. It’s not tanking if you’re going out and competing hard and having fun with what you have and not putting yourself in harm’s way. The Lakers will not make the playoffs sans Kobe and sans Nash…nor should they. The got 74 whatever games to go before this summer’s draft and free agency final well under the cap, become players in THOSE markets!

  • Leo

    If I was Kobe, I wouldnt want to return to this Laker team either… Painful even to watch how they ‘play’. Disgrace to Magic, Kobe and the rest of the hall of famers. 50 points allowed in a quarter to the Bucks… Disgrace.

  • Jay Brodes

    i am guessing dec1 or so..i really want to see in in brook-lon and please break out the kbix!!!

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    We are 3-5 without Kobe… with a less than 100% Nash and Gasol, and 9 new guys, not to mention we are still finding a consistent lineup… I’ll take it.

    To those who say that we should give up the season and go for it in 2014… you are missing something… a championship team is not built in a season… you need to build it through the games being played as if we are playing for a championship even if the odds are stack against us, that is where championship teams build character and consistency. To tank is not the right way to build for championship. MJ said it in an interview. Tanking, IMO, will just build a mediocre mindset/culture for your franchise/team.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      Players need to learn to hang in there, to battle as if it is his last game, specially when the chips are all down. A lot of people will just as easily give up on a season,even if it has just started, without even giving it their all… a reflective of what our society approaches marriage these days… “all smiles when all things are ok… but breaks up when things gets a little difficult.” I cannot in any stretch of imagination root for that kind of team. This is the very reason we are LA Lakers fans. We always play for the championships no matter who is in the lineup.

      And this is why I am a Kobe fan as well as I am a Lakers fan.

      GO Lakers!!! Go Kobe!!!

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