The Los Angeles Lakers have somewhat of a bleak outlook for the 2013-2014 NBA season. They were unable to re-sign center Dwight Howard, have a point guard in Steve Nash that showed his age for the first time last season, and were unable to sign any free-agents of consequence this summer due to their salary cap situation.
However, the answer to all of their prayers lies in the hands, or rather the Achilles’ tendon, of their superstar, Kobe Bryant. Bryant tore his Achilles’ on April 12 against the Golden State Warriors this past season and his initial recovery time was projected to be from six-to-nine months. Given the fact that Bryant is 34 years old, though, many people assumed it would be closer to nine months.
According to Jonathan Hartzell of NBA.com’s Hang Time Blog, though, Bryant has shattered the recovery timetable that was originally set for him. According to Bryant, the star guard is already walking fine and hitting the weights well ahead of the schedule that they had set after the injury occurred.
Before his injury, Bryant was able to string together a fantastic 2012-2013 NBA season. In 78 games he averaged 27.3 points, six assists, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 46.3 percent from the field, his most efficient shooting season in the past four years.
Many people speculated after the injury that Bryant would return sometime around December or January, but now there is talk that he could be ready by the beginning of the season or even the start of training camp.
If Bryant were to be ready, it would defy all logic and everything that we know about Achilles injuries. However, this is a player who has already defied logic by being as productive as he has been for such a long period of time. Bryant is a master of defeating the odds and has done so time and again. Personally, I think he won’t be ready by the time the season starts, but will be back sooner than expected. If he is suited up on Oct. 29, the Lakers’ first game, though, it wouldn’t shock me in the least at this point.