Kobe eyeing Lakers’ opener
It’s been about six weeks since Kobe Bryant had surgery to repair his torn Achilles tendon, and even at the age 34 (35 years old in August), Bryant aims for a quick rehabilitation. One that will have the superstar ready for the Los Angeles Lakers’ season opener.
This report from Dave McMenamin at ESPN LA:
“I hope so,” Bryant said on Monday. “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.”
We always view Kobe as the exception to most rules. In the day in age in sports where Adrian Peterson can come back one season removed from tearing his ACL and dominate the ranks among running backs by notching 2,097 rushing yards and 12 rushing TD”s, on his way to almost cracking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record of 2,105, the fans and media have come to expect more from star players. Add in fact that Kobe Bryant has managed to thrive in the NBA for 17 seasons, putting up 27+ ppg at the age of 34, and you can bank on the fact that fans will expect nothing less that perfection from the mega-star as he hits the road to recovery from such a devastating injury.
One thing remains clear. Kobe wants to get back as soon as he possibly can. We all know the type of competitor the Black Mamba is, and you can bet the way the Lakers’ season went did not sit well with Kobe. A first-round thrashing by the San Antonio Spurs, minus the Mamba, and a less-than-impressive regular season record of 45-37 (7th seed) after acquiring big names such as Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, is sure to still be on Kobe’s mind as he begins the long process of getting ready to suit up next season.