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Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 4:00 pm  |  75 responses

Kobe Bryant Admits He Has Self-Doubt in Return from Injury (VIDEO)

As he fights to return to the court following a devastating Achilles injury, Kobe Bryant surprised a Chinese audience by admitting that he has occasional moments of self-doubt. But, to no one’s surprise, Bryant views the long road back as just another challenge to overcome. Per the LA Daily News: “As I sit here with you now, I’m telling you now I’ll come back 100 percent,’ Bryant said in a recent appearance in China. ‘But I don’t know if I’m sure. I have moments and days where I doubt myself.’ [...] ‘The people who say they will never come back from this injury, to me, that says if they had this injury, they would quit,’ Bryant said. ‘That’s what it means to me. If they sit here and look at me and say I can’t do it, that means if it happened to you, you wouldn’t do it. I have to show them just as much as I show people who support me that this can be done and I can come back from this. By me coming back, it shows the people who doubt me to reconsider what’s possible.’ Bryant recently went to Germany to have a procedure on his surgically repaired right knee, and Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said he hasn’t yet returned to Los Angeles. The Lakers also haven’t offered a timetable on when Bryant will return beyond their initial estimate in April that called for the Lakers star sitting at least six to nine months. ‘That’s the exciting part of the challenge,’ Bryant said. ‘That’s when I realize this is a great opportunity to come out and show everybody this is how you bounce back and respond to a challenge.’”

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  • Anthony

    The sappy piano music makes this much worse than it actually is…..

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Those piano funeral chords though hahahah

  • shockexchange

    Nah, his “self-doubt” is driven by the fact that he’s no longer
    surrounded by “exceptionally more talent than the rest of the L.” And we all know what that means …

  • Dingo

    One could potentially make an argument that Kobe should be rank outside the top 10 players this year if its based on a projection. Will anyone dare say it?

  • berkamore

    He’s creating imaginary feuds (“People are rooting against me!”) because he might be starting to realize that world will spin without him. For somebody with a such huge ego, that must hurt.

  • KingBenjamin

    Definition of a Kobe Hater

  • LLC#12

    I’m a big Kobe fan but you’re definitely right.

  • shockexchange

    What does that mean you ask? KingBenjamin, it prolly means he won’t win a chip.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well, let’s just say, at least one top 50 voter left him off altogether.

  • DieHard

    Yeah i don’t get the piano…they shouldve used a violin..

  • Evan Boland

    Is it based on projection, or up ’till now? ‘Cause last year he was certainly top 5.

  • RASTA_MAN123

    SHAT DE FACK AP YOU STUPID WHITE BOIII

  • The Seed

    What dummy did that.

  • The Seed

    Dude who is your favorite player in the NBA or Team. Everybody wants to know, but you will state something stupid, to be dumb. WHY?

  • The Seed

    Kobe is a top 7 player all time and rising. GO LAKERS

  • shockexchange

    And after a vicious attack against his person, the Shock Exchange stands corrected, Horry Jr prolly will win a chip next year. Thanks for clearing that up guy.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    That is not my information to share

  • tree

    The Seed is a top 7 male groupie all time and rising.

  • shockexchange

    It’s based on the fact that he’s not surrounded by the same caliber of talent that he was last year.

  • shockexchange

    SE fears you’ve shared too much already nbk.

  • Zepn

    This is a very cool speech, regardless of whether or not you are a fan of his. Also, he is treated like a demi-God by younger Chinese fans, its kind of strange.

  • JDizzool

    Mute the piano, blot out Kobe’s video image and SLIGHTLY distort his voice leaving only the audio and you have a great message for ANYONE. When you’re under a microscope and facing difficulty there ARE naysayers. It’s not “IMAGINARY” so he’s not out of line to play the script of “woe is me but I shall persevere”. It’s common amongst us ALL. So…who CARES if he’s entertaining. Who cares if they (or he himself) amplified the emotion of his message with stage lights, a mic and piano music…if we’d all learn to take the POSITIVE message out of things then we’d be happy with the lessons he revealed that we could apply to ourselves instead trying to find something to make fun of or be negative about.

  • JDizzool

    Ikr!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Projection. And no, he certainly wasn’t. Well, he was in the discussion, and depending on your POV you can make that case. But no, it wasn’t certain by any stretch

  • CUD

    Surrounded himself with exceptionally more talent than the rest of the league you say?? Lakers management did that for him. Unlike The Queen who left his team to be team up with “exceptional talent” to win rings jack-ass! And what’s with speaking in the 3rd person? I’m guessing you’re really Lebron behind keyboard haha!

  • CUD

    I agree bro! Anyone who in here who thinks otherwise is either a hypocrite or a Lebron dick rider lol..

  • Conor

    Top Five with KAJ, Jordan, Wilt, & Magic.

  • Dingo

    that would be an interesting point of view to read, purely for entertainment as it would be tough to argue that case.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I’ll explain it right now. He’s in his mid 30s and he just tore his achilles. It’s basically unheard of for a player of that age to come back from that injury at anything close to an elite level. The chances he doesn’t make it back, statistically…are not in his favor. .
    On the other hand, as the rest of us think, that guy is a psychopath and he’ll make it back….. .
    And then there’s the rest of the rest of us…who think he will do whatever it takes…..pick one.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol I considered leaving him off my irrelevant list. Heavily considered it. If he comes back from this at an elite level, it would he completely unheard of. If you have really been around hoop your whole life I’m sure you understand what that injury does to people.

  • Dingo

    there has only been one close to his age I think, Wilkins he was 32 and came back strong but there is a big difference playing in your mid 30s to early so maybe not that best example.

    I dont know what to think because its Kobe, I predict not a lot of games this year, 30 to 40 averaging 15 to 20 points.

  • kobe_bryant_24

    Kobe you have to come back… I’m coming from Switzerland to Los Angeles in february just to see you play!!

  • Basketball_iQ

    No, he’s not rising. Lol. That’s good enough for a jordan clone,,, 2nd team all time.

  • Basketball_iQ

    *long sigh* – really dude?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Well if he does that, and the Lakers don’t make the playoffs….he would be a controversial top 50 player altogether….kinda the point.

  • Ugh

    Top prediction there by the Seed.

  • shockexchange

    Given his work ethic and advancements in medicine, he should return to top form. During the era of Dr. J, with an injury like this, the best you could hope for would be to gain back 85% of your former athleticism. Horry Jr has the world mesmerized about his work ethic, competitiveness and drive and he will rehab himself to death to maintain that image.

  • shockexchange

    So you admit that Horry Jr has been the beneficiary of “exceptionally more talent than the rest of the L”? A de facto co-sign for the Shock Exchange! And secondly, how did you know SE was LeBron? Can you see through the computer?

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange is a fair contributor on here, but all he ever gets are shade and disrespect. You oughta be ashamed of yourself Ugh.

  • havoc33

    You could easily make a case for Kobe being top 5 last year

  • JML-G

    lol – like Kobe never did threat to leave the Lakers if they dont stack up the roster… the difference is Lakers actually did, while all Cavs did is get some D-level players for Lebron.. they havent learned tho and Irving is on his way out too now.

  • Dagger

    Believe it or not, historically there are great players other than Lebron . . . you know, guys like Bill Russell, West, Oscar, Bird, and others who might have a claim to that top-10 status before Kobe.

  • Sérgio

    How come no? The only player that was clearly better was Lebron. You could make an argument for Kobe being better than CP3, KD and the rest of the League.

  • Caboose

    “Fair”….define that Ralph.

  • Caboose

    Yikes.

  • Caboose

    Go ahead, make that argument, I genuinely want to hear it.

  • shockexchange

    You could make the argument that the earth is flat, but that wouldn’t make it so.

  • ATL dynamite

    Let’s hope he is only being sarcastic lol

  • shockexchange

    He is genuine, he has a point of view and backs it up with fact and not emotion. For instance, Larry Brown (former Redskins RB) was SE’s favorite player. Larry Brown wasn’t the greatest running back in the L, yet he was the greatest running back to SE. He could make the distinction.

  • Caboose

    Ok, try this. Make any argument relevant to the NBA and back it up. Anything at all. I just want to hear you offer a “point of view and back it up with fact.”

  • shockexchange

    See the Shock Exchange’s body of work … then holla at a playa when you see him the street.

  • Sérgio

    Please. Other than Lebron, CP3 and KD (maaaaaaaaaybe Melo), you can’t even make an argument for other player being better than KB last season.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Not rationally

  • shockexchange

    Horry Jr’s season was an anomaly. If you look closely at his numbers, he was a beneficiary of having played with Rent-A-Center. The Shock Exchange is in the process of crafting “The Horry Jr Rules … Keys to Stopping Kobe Bryant.” There he will illustrate how last season wasn’t as good as a lot of people think.

  • thebossman15

    lol man u kobe haters are funny af, are u just not there everytime when espn says they dont think he will come back the same? or any of the several magazines/radio stations etc.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i could make an argument for the following (aside from James/Durant/Paul) that is hard to argue with.

    Russell Westbrook
    Tony Parker
    Tim Duncan

    But, it’s really debatable after the top 3. He could have been 4 in your opinion, or he could have been like #8. He was really awful defensively last year…..really, really ……… really awful.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that is what i said.

  • Lloyd

    Kobe read this and is now working three times as hard to get back.

  • havoc33

    of course you did

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    reading is fundamental.

    .
    The comment you replied to,
    “Well, he was in the discussion, and depending on your POV you can make that case.”

  • havoc33

    He was bad defensively for sure, but considering the workload and different roles trust upon him last year, I’m ALMOST willing to give him a pass. Overall he had a great year. No way was Westbrook, Parker and Duncan all playing better than him based on what we saw in the regular season. But I’m quite sure you are eager to convince me otherwise, so please, enlighten me.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i’d rather you rationalize why you feel that way. saying they weren’t better is fine, i accept that argument if you want to make it. but it would need reasoning. and no, i don’t want to just explain my POV to you because you disagree. most people don’t actually consider the opposing argument, i don’t want to waste time.

  • Evan Boland

    KD.. No. CP3, definitely. KD is pushing it tho lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    make the argument. i will reply. we won’t need to just say things that are clearly opinions, let’s explain reasoning.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    but in your opinion Kobe is not an elite player. So you agree with me, correct?

  • shockexchange

    Agreed. He’s more of a volume shooter.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yes! i like it when you say basketball things

  • Conor

    I’m just going to go ahead and quote Jack from Lost:

    “You disrespect his memory by wearing his face, but you’re nothing like (the real Caboose).”

    Bryant’s better than Bird, Duncan, Olajuwon, Shaq, Russell, Erving, Thomas, James, Robertson, Stockton, K. Malone, M. Malone, Barkley, etc. (Russell isn’t even a top fifteen player, imo). 2003-2010 Kobe is the most skilled player in history without even beginning to credit his career’s excellence. That era alone puts him in the top five.

    My list, in terms of manifest greatness: i. KAJ; ii. Jordan; iii. Kobe; iv. Wilt; v. Magic; vi. Bird; vii. Shaq; viii. Duncan; ix. Olajuwon; x. Erving.

  • Conor

    *Erving & James are tied.

  • Caboose

    Conor, that is not an argument. That is a statement. Make an ARGUMENT.

  • Conor

    I’m not wasting my time repeating something we’ve already discussed. I’ve got better things to do than teach you how to see.

  • Conor

    Bryant and Nash did everything they could to make Roboballer seem competent, but the stooge eventually didn’t even have the constitution to attempt free throws properly. Maybe if Roboballer practiced shooting those instead of corner threes before games, he would have helped the Lakers.

    Last season’s Dwight Howard was nothing more than a coordinated, 2006 Kwame Brown through his own failings.

    Tell us, sussexchange, what did Howard do to help the Lakers last season, every game?

  • shockexchange

    Sorry Conor, you will have to wait for the “Horry Jr Rules … Keys to Stopping Kobe Bryant.” They are finished yet.

  • Caboose

    Wrong, lazy, and condescending. The triad!

  • Conor

    Thank you.

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