Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant tore his left Achilles in the team’s third-to-last game of the 2012-13 NBA regular season. Some wondered when he would be back next season while others questioned if his career is over. However, Bryant is determined to make a speedy recovery so that he can be back in time for the tipoff of the 2013-14 season.
“I hope so,” Bryant said, according to USA Today. “That’s the challenge. With the tendon, there’s really only but so much you can do. There’s a certain amount of time that they deem necessary for the tendon to heal where you don’t overstretch it and now you never get that spring back.
“So, you just have to be patient, let the tendon heal, and then when that moment comes when they say, ‘OK, we can take off the regulator so to speak and now it’s on you to train as hard as you can to get back to where you want to be,’ that’s going to be a good day.”
It will certainly be no easy task for the 34-year-old. The fact is Bryant is not a young guy anymore, which means there is only so much his body will allow him to do. He is mentally prepared to train as hard as possible so that he can lead the Lakers right out of the gate. However, he may not be physically able to handle the training right away, which would certainly set back his desired timetable.
One thing is for certain, Los Angeles will need him on the court as much as possible if they plan on improving on last year’s dismal performance.
Bryant averaged 27.3 points, 6.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.