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Friday, September 27th, 2013 at 10:35 am  |  26 responses

Kobe Bryant Thinks He Will Play in Season Opener


The Los Angeles Lakers are being extremely and understandably cautious about Kobe Bryant’s return to the court. The team may be managing expectations, but that’s not Bryant’s style. While on a business trip in Dubai, Kobe said that he should be in uniform when the season begins next month. Per the LA Daily News: “Now it’s about cutting the recovery time, I should be OK [for the start of the season],’ Bryant said in an interview with The National, a website in Dubai. Bryant’s currently over there as part of his Health & Fitness Weekend aimed to address diabetic issues. Although he plans to return to Los Angeles for when Lakers begin training camp on Saturday, Bryant won’t participate in at least the early portions of it. It remains to be seen whether Bryant will play in any of the eight exhibition games through Oct. 25, let alone the Lakers’ season opener. The Lakers have also stressed patience for Bryant’s recovery. But given Bryant’s competitiveness and pain threshold, it should hardly be surprising if he returns in time for the beginning of the season. ‘Its’ going well. It’s going really really good,’ Bryant said in an interview with a Yahoo! affiliate in Dubai. ‘I’m feeling strong and doing a little bit of jogging. That’s a really good sign. They should know in this season when I come back that I’ll be ready.’”

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  • pposse

    how can you go from a ‘little bit of jogging’ to full fledge sprinting up and down a basketball court for 35-48 minutes within a months time?!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you shouldn’t be able to. There is no legitimate reason to believe Kobe will be back anytime before Christmas. That injury is not something you take chances with. It’ll just rupture again.

  • pposse

    Right, so why in the world does Kobe keep putting it out there that he plans on coming back opening night? I don’t understand if this is some sort of media ploy or what. The thought that he really could risk coming back so quick and the possibility of his tendon rupturing again just does not sit well with me

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well, i wouldn’t rule out him taking …. um ….. “advanced measures” towards his recovery. maybe he will be healthy a lot quicker than he should. but the Human body naturally sure doesn’t mend an achilles tendon this quickly. either way, Kobe saying he should be ready could just be his over competitive nature. I would not be surprised if Kobe’s downfall as an elite player was Kobe’s personality.

  • pposse

    lol yeah true…man im still living under a rock and want to pretend like these “advanced measures” don’t exist for basketball players or they wouldn’t use them or it just wouldn’t help them.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol, i’m fairly confident that the NBA has a huge portion of it’s players using or who have used these measures in one way or another.

  • pposse

    and CP the players President didn’t really help that case when he said he was trying to fight against these tests. I dont know if that was a misquote or what…as a fan if there is any validity to what your saying we should all feel slighted at the very least. Its no different then crying conspiracy, but then being told there is no conspiracy by the powers that be, only to find out later on that there really was a conspiracy. I just want things to be as transparent as possible.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    read this first, before you get too mad about PED’s — http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2013/09/09/130909crat_atlarge_gladwell

  • pposse

    good article, it really describes how people are just not born equal. I mean I see both sides of these arguments, ‘whats natural is just natural’ vs. ‘level the playing field’. My whole thing is just to keep it honest, and dont withold information cause with that info the fans, peers, everyone and anyone can make proper judgement on the issue.

  • spit hot fiyah

    jalen rose made a pretty interesting remark regarding this, specially coming back from injury. along the lines of if u are sick and can’t go to work, why wouldn’t u take the strongest medication out there so that u can start writing books reviews sooner rather than later.

    i didn’t do his argument justice at all but he had a very interesting take on it.

  • spit hot fiyah

    yeah otherwise why would there even be a problem with testing. they would just say sure go ahead if the large majority were totally clean

  • playa

    You could be right that his drive could potentially limit or hurt Kob,but I feel like he is entering his 18 th season so ANYTHING you get from 18 year vet is a huge bonus and plus in my books, so you can’t entirely be saying about downfall in this case.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    He is due $30 million dollars this season. That number is much much much more relevant that “18 years in the League”

  • Rockwell

    Haha yeah. Can’t see Kobe becoming a spot-up shooting role player a la Ray Allen, even if it would add years to his career and possibly another chip too. Kobe will probably go the Jordan route and labor to carry a mediocre squad.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well the idea i got from that article is that Pro Sports should implement a system with team doctor’s where they are allowed to do whatever they want as long as it benefits the athlete’s well being. If it makes him a better athlete, AND does not risk his long term health, then I have no problem with the procedure. It is happening anyway, might as well take the cloud of doubt out of the picture, and just handle the situation in the most logical way possible.
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    It would also cut down on the over the top cheating, because obviously testing would become regular, and obviously doctor’s would be able to prescribe PED’s for their athletes benefit. There would be little incentive to actually cheat, at that point, the advantage gained from the extra use would be very very marginal.

  • pposse

    thats the thing, I really don’t think that I would have a problem with it provided that the league determines them to be okay. For now, I do have a problem because the athlete in most likelihood is just not being truthful about what they are taking and not. And i do get why they won’t be truthful, admitting to taking illegal substances is incriminating yourself but if someone with some real authority steps up to the plate and makes us all understand then im pretty sure in time everyone would be cool with it.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    cosign, 100%

  • pposse

    no i hear what you and jalen are saying, and it totally makes sense.

    But lets say these guys in the past 10 yrs have used modern day medicine, does that curve the stat sheet? In baseball Hank Aaron’s record is considered by some as the real home run record. Assuming guys nowadays in the NBA are on something, does that automatically make KAJ’s scoring record stand? Even if a guy like Kobe or Lebron or Durant passes him up (assuming those guys used something)?

  • Conor

    If his prediction is accurate, it obviously confirms that drugs like H.G.H. are not limited to the likes of Rashard Lewis. This raises the question: if professional athletes, whose contracts depend upon the functionality of their bodies, who are insured so lucratively to secure said vessels, and who risk severe injury which may even impede the entire brand is, in fact, devastatingly injured, should they be given the ability to accelerate their recovery?

    I would argue that if they are willing to endure the rigours of training and the erosion of their bodies so actively: Yes, but only during the offseason.

    People do say that he is his own doctor, but I cannot believe that even Bryant would return before the end of November. I originally believed it would be Christmas, but he needs to train for Miami.

    If he does return, however, and accepts a reduced role – at the beginning – and allows Gasol and Nash to orchestrate the offence while remaining the league’s definition of “deus ex machina”, eventually reassuming his role of facilitating scorer, then I think that could work out. I can’t imagine him dropping 50 his first game back.

  • Conor

    He may even return as a defensive specialist. If Bruce Bowen could do what he did, I think Bryant could assume a Marion role in D’Antoni’s offence.

  • Conor

    I didn’t read this before writing a response to pposse, but we share the same views.

  • Conor

    *are, in fact…

  • spit hot fiyah

    that’s great question. one solution would be to just allow everything and then test players. it would make for some great conversations since we would know who was clean and who wasn’t.

    so is Kareem’s (clean) scoring record more impressive or KD’s (dirty?) scoring record more impressive (purely hypothetical scenario btw)

    it’s a mess,

    i try to stay neutral on it

  • Jay Brodes

    he is not human. i suspected he would be back..now nike..drop pics of the kbix…go mamba..cant wait!!!

  • pposse

    i remember reading a debate on here a little while ago where someone just brought up the point that say player x is just not with the program, and doesn’t want to take ped’s but has to in order to ‘keep up’ with all the other players. Is that fair for everyone else to still go ahead and take them if player x does not want to? i mean we are talking about someone potentially losing their job cause they dont want to take ped’s. its tough, i don’t have an answer right now, but I do sympathize with the guy who wouldn’t take the peds as of now.

  • Drig

    Before guys go claiming he’s taking “advanced measures” to accelerate his recovery, I think it’d be more meaningful to comment after he actually DOES make an appearance and does play at an exceptionally high level.

    IMO, he’s gonna be back at the start of December, get off the rust in 10 minute showings and have a meaningful game ( decent Kobe game ) only once the new year starts. This is if he doesn’t have ANY setback with his tendon. If he does have a setback………..FML because this season minus Kobe is gonna be a long hard one for me.

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