The Los Angeles Lakers suffered a devastating blow to the immediate future of the franchise with superstar Kobe Bryant suffering a torn Achilles tendon against the Golden State Warriors near the end of the 2012-13 NBA season. Kobe’s injury sent shockwaves throughout the league with talk of the 34-year-old potentially having to retire as a result of the serious injury.
Fortunately for the storied NBA franchise and the fans in Los Angeles, Kobe hopes to return for the season opener 2013-14 season after six weeks of rehab from surgery to repair the torn tendon according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com:
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.
Kobe said the following about the longest recovery process of his career:
“I hope so,” Bryant said in a sit-down interview with ESPNLosAngeles.com 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.”
The five-time NBA champion stresses patience with the rehab process and remains optimistic about bounce 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.”
With many prominent players in the past having their careers come to an end due to this severe injury, Kobe has an incredible uphill battle ahead with the odds against him in terms of bouncing back and reclaiming his form as one of the best players in the league.
At 34-years old, Kobe will be facing the toughest challenge of his career. The odds are against arguably one of the greatest players of all-time, but he’s up for the challenge.
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