While everybody was talking about the return of Kobe Bryant and how fast he was going to be on top form, a major setback occurred, as the Los Angeles Lakers‘ star guard has suffered another injury.
Only weeks after recovering from the Achilles injury that kept him sidelined for more than seven months, Bryant suffered a knee fracture in the game against the Memphis Grizzlies, and as a result, he will be out of the hardwood for six weeks. His return is estimated to be at the end of January or beginning of February.
Sadly for the shooting guard and the fan base of the Lakers, this probably won’t be the last injury Bryant will suffer before he decides to ultimately retire from the NBA. His competitive nature always pushes him near to the edge, and while he always in very good physical condition – he even took less time than expected to come back from the Achilles injury – age could end up being a factor with him. Bryant is on the wrong side of his 30′s, and while he can still compete at the top level, his resistance to injuries is not the same as it was a few years ago. With all the charge he’s put on to his body in the past seasons, Bryant will only decrease in terms of stamina and strength.
His personality can also be considered as a factor that might lead him to another injury in the mid-term. Bryant is always looking to come back to be the best, and he might be reluctant to admit that age could end up catching up with him sooner rather than later. If he doesn’t start to accept that he’s not the same player he was five years ago, Bryant could be in line for even more serious injuries in the future.
For now, Bryant will need to rehab and take his time to heal properly. Fortunately for the franchise, the Lakers were playing adequate basketball without him, and the fans can only hope that trend continues until Bryant returns to the court and hopefully recovered from this latest setback.