It’s the year 2013 and Kobe Bryant is 35 years of age. He is now in his 17th season and is coming off of an Achilles injury that will either make or break his year.
Let’s take a look at how he may be affected by his injury. He will have to get back into the speed of the game. What we cannot forget is that he is the toughest person in the league. This is the same man who played with a broken pinky for a season and a half in 2009-10 and rest assured that Kobe will unleash the Mamba, despite the injury, and come for your soul and eat it. It doesn’t matter who you are.
I have sat and watched some of the preseason games these past few days and Kobe does not have anything to worry about with his team. Chris Kaman, who can score, is at center and is a way better offensive center than Dwight Howard. Pau Gasol is back at his original position and he is going to have an outstanding year. Nick Young, who is a young guard, will get taught everything he needs from Vino himself.
Several analysts have asked if Kobe will be able to be the Kobe from years ago, or even last year before he was hurt. Over the last couple of years the NBA has quickly developed into a cotton league where any kind of soft touch is a foul. Only person that has the “I will not lose,” killer mindset that Kobe has is Chris Paul. I see Kobe coming back and taking over the game like he did during the 1999-2002 & 2008-2010 era. Kobe will make sure to prove everyone that doubted him.
He was ranked 25th on ESPN and that has to be the most disrespectful thing I have ever seen in my life. He has been a top 3 player for years, nothing less. How can you look at Kobe’s injury and say that he will not be prepared to say “I am back and I am ready to win games”. If Michael Jordan was Kobe’s age in this league right now, he would average 60 points a game with ease. What’s to stop Kobe from being the player he is known to be? He plays mostly in the post or corner of the free throw line if he does not feel like shooting a three in the defense’ face. His jumper will never change because the man can shoot the ball. I believe Kobe will be Kobe and he will be unstoppable again. If you have watched Kobe over the years, you witnessed his toughness so you will understand that he will come back with a vengeance until he retires to show everyone that he is not to be messed with and is way better than that 25th ranking from ESPN.
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