Kobe Bryant is one of the best players in NBA history for a variety of reasons. One of them, is his drive. There have been many players more physically gifted than Bryant over the years, but few can stack up to the Black Mamba when it comes to mental toughness. At the same time, it certainly wouldn’t be unfair to call him stubborn. When applied to the right situations, stubbornness can be good thing. But there’s a fine line the superstar is trying to walk right now and Los Angeles Lakers fans are hoping that he makes the right decision.
The shooting guard is of course still on the shelf after fracturing a bone his leg back in December. The fracture occurred just six games into his return from a ruptured Achilles tendon, so obviously, many are skeptical that Bryant can or should return to the court this season. Especially when you consider the sad state of the Lakers.
But despite the positive benefits of shutting it down for the year, Bryant insists he’s set on returning to action later this season:
“My plan hasn’t changed. I’m just going about it every single day just trying to get better. That’s my job. My job is to get my butt back out there on the court when I’m healthy enough to play and that hasn’t changed.” He added, “But I hate not being there with the guys and watching them going through that period that they’re going through. It’s very, very tough. I just try to be patient.”
Patience and Kobe Bryant? I don’t think so.
I believe this situation needs some star power interjected into it. As in, maybe the Lakers should have Magic Johnson talk to Kobe. There’s no good reason to have him come back this year. As hard as it is for a guy like Bryant to shut it down — that’s what’s best for business. The more games the Lakers lose at this point, the better.
The team’s chances of success will be much higher next season after a good draft, some solid roster moves and if Kobe rests his aging body.