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The Uncertainty Surrounding Kobe Bryant’s Return

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Before beginning the journey toward overcoming any goal, the biggest question facing one is if the reward at the end of it all is worth the time and effort in order to get there– I believe the fancy term for it is quantitative risk assessment.

For Kobe Bryant, he has given himself seven months after announcing he will officially sit out the rest of the 2013-14 season (18 games), yesterday.

Seven months for himself to strengthen that left leg enough where it won’t be susceptible to further injury come opening day.

Seven months for the Lakers front office to re-tool the roster to a point where a 48-point shellacking at the hands of the Clippers won’t be an option anymore.

Seven month to convert anguish to revenge.

“Personally, that’d be hard for me to understand happening twice.”

That was Kobe’s response to the press in regards to the rumor of his former coach Phil Jackson heading to New York Knicks as the President of Basketball Operations.

But for me, I interpreted the quote a little differently. Read it again: “Personally, that’d be hard for me to understand happening twice.”

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When it initially took Kobe eight months to recover from the torn Achilles he suffered while driving against Harrison Barnes, it was easy to be patient, as it doesn’t take a saint to sympathize with the fact that an Achilles injury is one of the most severe injuries in professional sports.

In the six games Kobe played in since his much-anticipated return, he averaged a very human 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. In the sixth game against the Memphis Grizzlies, he suffered another injury; this time it was the knee, and we haven’t seen him since.

Or to paraphrase the man himself, it happened twice. And it was even harder to understand the second time around.

On neither play when he got injured was it the defender’s fault. There was no maliciousness intent on the part of Harrison Barnes nor Tony Allen. That’s the most difficult part to cope with about this whole ordeal as a life-long fan: the man who seemed indestructible for the better part of 17 years, suddenly crumbled to the ground at the conclusion of a mundane play not once, but twice.

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  • kobe24

    Obviously with Kobe’s age and amount of time in the NBA + the magnitude of the injuries there is a higher chance that he will never return to even 75% of what he was before he tore his Achilles.

    I know that this current injury is a fracture and it wasn’t his Achilles that got torn again however it shows how much wear and tear Kobe’s body condition is.

    Nevertheless it is the Mamba, one of the most competitive guys in NBA history and I have no doubt that Kobe will come back to 85~90% of what he was last season

    • fool

      The fact that he sat out again, he could be completely healed now. And, It is possible, that the “whole knee deal” was to get him more rested for the next two seasons. Since this season was a lost

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

        good point…. could be and likely…

  • Marty Susman

    I am simply not sure Kobe will eve be able to play without sustaining another career ending injury. Sadly Mitch will not know before the ping pong balls top & the picks are made weather or not Kobe can/will not only be able to play but how he will play. There is zero doubt he will never be the “OLD” Kobe meaning if a shooting guard is piked, one of them can be moved to S.F. until Kobe is gone.

  • Jim213

    Expected, he needs the off season to condition himself back. Yes, he suffered an injury. But can’t help to think the excessive minutes played (close to 30+) a night contributed to his injury. The coach should’ve played him no more than 20 minutes a night.

    His injured leg was weaker than the non injured as he rushed back to play. If Kobe can’t condition himself back to his level of play this off season then we may have some issues come next season. However, Kobe has 7 months to prepare himself and from hearing about his off season conditioning regimen expect a similar type of player who can shot consistently.

  • fool

    I read the article. I missed the whole point!

    Yes, perhaps, I am foolish.

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