There’s no getting around how devastating an injury it would be if Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tore an Achilles tendon as everyone, including Bryant, fears. The Lakers are fighting for a playoff spot as it is and not having Bryant will make it an even more difficult task.
As bad as this season may now end for the Lakers without Kobe, it will not end his career. Bryant is too much of a competitor and he will not let this injury be the end of his playing days. In Kobe’s post-game interviews you could see he was down but in no way do I believe he’s out, and he laughed off the question of him never playing again.
The situation with Bryant reminds me of what happened with Mariano Rivera last year when he tore his ACL shagging fly balls in Kansas City. Back then it seemed like everyone had the feeling there was no way Rivera was going to end his career because of an injury and it’s likely the same story with Kobe Bryant.
Anyone who’s watched Kobe over his career knows how tough he is and should realize that he will play again, even if he misses significant time. Watching Bryant play this year it’s evident that he’s still one of the best players in the NBA and he can still carry a team, so if retirement wasn’t a thought before the injury, I can’t see it being an option now.
Achilles injuries are obviously very serious but athletes recover from this injury all the time, and since Kobe Bryant is one of the best athletes in the world, he should have no problem coming back. Perhaps the question we should be asking is can Bryant perform at the same high level of play coming off such a serious injury?
I can’t predict the future so I don’t know how Kobe Bryant’s career will end, but I can predict that Kobe will play basketball for the Lakers again. Bryant’s career will not end with him limping off of the Staples Center court.
You can be sure of that.
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