Mitch Kupchak Expects Kobe Bryant To Be “As Focused And Driven As Ever”
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak sat down with Lakers.com’s Mike Trudell to talk about the state of the Lakers and had the following to say about Kobe’s recovery:
“Medicine has been advanced to the point that there is rarely an injury that a player can’t come back from,” said Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak.
“I do know he is on schedule and where he should be with that kind of injury.”
Kupchak has total faith and reliance in his star to regain his health and lead the charge for the Lakers franchise. Kobe has brought five NBA titles to the Lakers and has won an MVP award and two NBA Finals MVP awards while wearing the purple and gold jersey.
“Then you have to factor in the sport, and the age of the player, and mother nature. So that covers all the basis when talking about Kobe’s injury.
I’m continually amazed at his optimism, fortitude, and his confidence. He will be on a basketball court there is no doubt about that and I know he will be as focused and driven as ever.”
Kupchak described Kobe’s comeback with a word that defines how Kobe has played his entire career, driven. Kobe is determined to prove his critics wrong and that he is still one of the best players in the NBA. He is also committed and driven to contending and bringing the gold hardware back to the streets of Figueroa.
Kobe suffered a season-ending Achilles injury near the end of last season and is expecting to come back to the Lakers next season and make a big impact. Kobe recently reported that he actually feels better now than before he hurt his Achilles.
Kobe has even mentioned that he won’t plan on retiring anytime soon and could play for another three or four years. The Mamba is ready to give his all on the court just as he has done since the he entered the league in 1996.
Both Kupchak and Bryant are hopeful and expectant for a Lakers’ resurgence in the coming future. Unsurprisingly, nobody in the NBA is more excited to start next season than Kobe Bean Bryant.
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