The Los Angeles Lakers are going to need every bit of production they can get from Kobe Bryant to have any chance of competing in the Western Conference this year. The unfortunate thing for the Lakers is that Bryant is currently on the shelf recovering from a torn achilles tendon he suffered at the end of last year. The normal recovery timetable for such an injury can be up to a year. Naturally, most people expected the future hall-of-famer to return sometime early in 2014. But we all know that the Black Mamba is no ordinary person.
Here’s what Bryant had to say on his return during a recent interview, which he hopes will take place when the Lakers start their season on October 29th:
“I’m feeling pretty good, stronger than I was. I’m ahead of schedule. I don’t know (whether) that means I’ll start the season… I hope so.
I think I can speak on behalf of Lakers’ fans with a half a brain when I say – no, Kobe, don’t do it!
As much as Los Angeles is going to need Bryant out there this season, it would just be plain stupid for him to rush back and risk re-injuring his achilles. I don’t doubt that the legendary shooting guard could make it back to start the season, but it just doesn’t sound like a smart move.
There are many who think that the Lakers have no chance of success this season, regardless if they have their best player or not. So it might not be the worst decision to let Kobe sit out a month and see how the team is fairing without him, before setting a return date.