It was reported on Tuesday that Kobe Bryant experienced swelling in his left knee and won’t be re-examined for at least three more weeks. If you take into account needing practice time, that puts the 16-time All-Star back playing by March at the earliest.
You really have to wonder if it’s worth it at this point.
Swelling can be a more serious problem than one would think. If there is swelling just from basic conditioning that Bryant has been doing it might mean more surgery is needed if proper precautions are not taken. It makes little to no sense to put himself through intense physical workouts just to get ready for the end of a lost season.
Even if Kobe makes it through initial practices, that would put the knee and Achilles at even more risk playing in real games. We have known the “Black Mamba” as being someone who will always give it a go as long as he feels he can gut it out. But it’s time to take a break for once. Relax for a little bit, and let mother nature do its work and healing.
Live to fight another day. That’s something that should have been done before being allowed to play point guard on the fourth game in five nights against the Memphis Grizzlies. I’m stiff miffed they had Bryant playing point guard coming off a serious leg injury.
It’s been an unbelievable season for injuries and bad luck for the Los Angeles Lakers. Each day is rubbing more salt on the wound. At some point, though, the salt helps heal the wound faster, and the Lakers are hoping the bad news is coming to a close.
Nobody can tell Kobe what to do. Ultimately, he is going to be the one who will have to make the right call on this.
I’m betting he is going to play it smart and begin to look forward to a bounce-back 2014-15 season.