Near the beginning of the 2013-14 NBA season, Los Angeles Lakers star and legend Kobe Bryant changed his Twitter avatar to a white background with simple black text reading “1225.” As has been the case for the past couple of months for the star guard who is recovering from a torn Achilles, that set of people speculating as to the meaning of the numerical sequence.
Many people believed that it was a nod to the critics, more specifically ESPN, that picked the Lakers to finish 12th in the Western Conference and named Bryant the 25th best player in the league as they ranked every player in the league.
His avatar has now changed, but that hasn’t quieted the speculation about what the numbers could mean. However, as you start to look at everything that’s happening regarding Kobe’s injury, the likely answer could be that “1225” is the date of Christmas Day, when the Lakers have one of the featured, nationally televised game. That day could very well be the day that Kobe plans to return to action.
Fresh off signing a new two-year extension with L.A., the guard told Dave McMenamin of ESPN LA that he was still “probably weeks” away from getting back to action in regular season play. Considering that Christmas Day is roughly four weeks away, that would mean that day is in the vague timeframe that he is giving out right now for his return.
Moreover, the recovery timeline initially for his Achilles tear was given to be six-to-nine months. Christmas Day would give him a little over eight months to have fully recovered from the injury and ready to go, also fitting into his timeline. Throw in the fact that Kobe will almost certainly want his return to be seen and Christmas Day seems even more likely as the day he will return.
Obviously there is no certainty involving anything going on with Bryant’s recovery right now, which is probably the way that he wants it to be. However, if you look at the picture that’s being painted, a Christmas Day return makes sense for Bryant. The pieces seem to all be adding up right now, but we’ll see if I’m doing the math right here or if Kobe is once again hitting us with a bit of misdirection.