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Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 at 10:00 am  |  29 responses

Kobe Bryant’s Goal is to Play in Season Opener


The Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of yet another anxious and uncertain offseason, but as usual, Kobe Bryant doesn’t appear too concerned. The Black Mamba continues to recover from surgery on his left Achilles tendon, but he aims to play in the season opener and says he’ll do all that he can to convince Dwight Howard to stay in Hollywood. Per ESPN: “Stitches removed, out of a cast and with nearly six weeks of rehabilitation under his belt since surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon in his left leg, Kobe Bryant is still hoping for a return by the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2013-14 season opener. ‘I hope so,’ Bryant said. ‘That’s the challenge. With the tendon, there’s really only but so much you can do. There’s a certain amount of time that they deem necessary for the tendon to heal where you don’t overstretch it and now you never get that spring back. So, you just have to be patient, let the tendon heal, and then when that moment comes when they say, ‘OK, we can take off the regulator so to speak and now it’s on you to train as hard as you can to get back to where you want to be,’ that’s going to be a good day.’ Before that day is likely to occur, there will be another date on the calendar that holds particular significance for how Bryant’s Lakers will look next season: July 1, the day Dwight Howard can begin to hear competing offers as a free agent. While Howard reportedly has strong interest in the Houston Rockets and could be courted by Dallas, Atlanta, Golden State and Cleveland, Bryant is in no rush to be the first to pitch the All-Star center to come back to L.A. ‘For me, you kind of let him do his due diligence and then move in and talk to him and figure out if this is a place he wants to be,’ Bryant said. ‘We all want him here. But then that’s when the selling begins [after Howard is courted by other teams]. You don’t start the selling process right before he goes and does all this stuff. You want to get the last word. You want to have the final word and the closing argument. I’ll give him a little opening statement, but then I have to make sure I have the final word.’ If Howard ends up being a one-year rental rather than the face of the franchise moving forward, Bryant is confident the Lakers, with 16 championships to their credit, will still find a way to thrive. ‘This franchise is a franchise that you really don’t have to worry about too much, because no matter what happens, whether it’s a year from now, two years from now, whatever the case may be, they’re always going to find a way to have an impact on this league,’ Bryant said. Should the Lakers resort to a Plan B if Howard walks, Bryant said he will make his voice part of the process.”

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  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    Mambas coming back strong.

  • Max

    What was the expected return date after the injury?

  • Mike Eppson

    #PrayForKObe

  • Jay Brodes

    if anyone can it will be kobe..still blame dantoni for this..he seems in good spirits and looks like he is in shape…whew!!!

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    I believe they had him coming back in November/December and at the latest January.

  • Juju

    no chance. i had this injury and surgery back in January and the recovery process is taking forever. i know i don’t have Kobe’s doctors, trainers or drugs, but this has been very rough. i still haven’t started jogging yet. i doubt he’s starting the season. maybe January

  • Max

    Ah, makes sense that he’s aiming for the opener.
    After all, he’s still Kobe Bryant, even tho he is old.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Yea I mean I think it’s possible since he was actually able to walk right after he did it. Kobe’s work ethic and drive might get him back sooner than expected.

  • spit hot fiyah

    hard to believe it will happen. then again phd’s

  • LakeShow

    Why don’t you blame Steve Nash for not taking some of the offensive load in the back court?…
    Oh you just hate D’Antoni so therefore blame him… Got it.

  • Dfrance

    I think you’re grossly underestimating not having Kobe’s doctors, trainers, drugs, experimental procedures, world class recovery facilities and the infinite amounts of time he has to put into rehab.

  • Lil_Stratboy

    That’s the kind of thing that can turn a Kobe hater into his fan. I won’t be surprised if he came back before D Rose

  • Saleem Rainman

    Why would u blame Steve Nash when he wasnt even playing?

    Why not just not blame anyone and realize it was more so a freak incident that, as many professionals have put it, had nothing to do with the amount of minutes he was playing?

  • LakeShow

    Right?… Makes no sense, right?

  • Saleem Rainman

    if that was the point that u were trying to make, then indeed. It makes no sense lol

  • bike

    Now we need another ‘The Return’ series a la DRose.
    Call it ‘The Second Coming’.
    Lots of cool commercials–maybe have Kobe busting out of a coffin screaming ‘Mamba Out’.

  • LakeShow

    Exactly.
    This guy just has a vendetta against D’Antoni for some reason.

    Sorry the Lakers were injured all year and he doesn’t know how to incorporate a center playing at power forward… but he is a good coach if you let him have some time.
    Evident by the Lakers last 30+ games.

  • pepper my angus

    in my experience playing basketball(12 yrs overseas)he gotta stop wearing low cut shoes.playing soccer on soil and playing basketball on hardwood are different you gotta wear different type of shoes.playing in lows might give him the freedom of ankles he wants thats why he tweaked them and his shoes are way too light for his size.i think his shoes are better for people under 150 lbs.lightweight shoes =no support..my 2 cents

  • pepper my angus

    with that being said he still the best player imo in the nba

  • Jay Brodes

    yeah i said it …dantoni is a d-bag and others had to step up and didn’t but most of the blame is on dantoni period! his job since he is getting paid 5mil is to manage the egos and manage minutes. he is coaching the lakers..not the suns and not the magic..there is a difference right or wrong. that week mamba played 48 min on that tuesday vs the hornets of all teams. 47 on a back to back at portland and i think he was on pace to play close to 48min vs GSW. he got banged twice. phil said he would have taken him out period.. phil >dantoni..hand down man down! yeah i put this on dantoni..sorry!

  • LakeShow

    Oh… so your comparing D’Antoni to Phil…
    Yeah he sucks then.

  • Jay Brodes

    he is not a bad coach but he does not have the pieces to succeed. he is not even on the same level as pjax nor coach k and lets be honest at the end of the day..those 2 are the only coaches mamba would listen to in the first place!!

  • playa

    I may be rude, but think that aside from doctors/trainers etc. It’s safe to say that Kobe>You by a large margin bro.

  • http://entelleckt.com/exclusive-mp3 Entelleckt | Mike Wyatt

    Doesn’t seem like ankle support has much to do with a ruptured Achilles tendon. http://news.menshealth.com/avoid-kobe-bryants-achilles-injury/2013/04/16/

  • LakeShow

    He does.
    Kobe, Dwight, MWP, and Nash all play well under D’Antoni.
    Gasol was coming around too.
    Did you not watch the end of the year at all? The Lakers were one of the top 3 teams to finish the season, post All Star.
    D’Antoni was their coach… and he was starting to get them to buy in and they were getting healthy. Then sh*t went down.
    He’s got a system, but he showed he can use players than don’t necessarily fit.
    (MWP had his best year as a Laker also.)

    It’s fine though. Agree to disagree. I just find your POV misguided.

  • Darksaber

    Back in 7 months is realistic, if he doesn’t rush into or overdo his rehab.

    Speaking from personal experience (rupture at 34, jumping 6 months later, playing league ball 9 months after the injury), the psychological aspect is not to be underestimated.
    Plus some complications can result from this injury, overuse symptoms in the opposite knee / ankle, and the loss of strength in the injured leg is gonna take a while to get used to.
    He does have all the support in the world, so from an infrastructure standpoint, his goal seems possible.

  • Mike From Spain

    And exotic German treatments too

  • Mike From Spain

    Just think that Kobe’s rehab is his full time job now, not something you have to somehow squeeze in into your daily routine. He’s risking losing millions if he does not do this right. If millions were at stake and you had all the time and personnel in the world at your disposal, you’d be doing better than you are now…

  • Mike From Spain

    In terms of athletic talent surely. In terms of work ethic, very likely. In other aspects IMO no one is more than anyone else so I partially disagree.

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