Kobe Bryant Returning Regardless of Record
With the Lakers in unintentional tank mode, one would think that the Lakers would shelve Kobe Bryant until next year or that the Mamba would even sit out this year in order to save face. But the 35-year-old guard is still as competitive as ever.
"The only thing I can afford to consider is getting better, getting stronger," Bryant said on Friday. "I can't allow myself to think any other way. I can only think about the next step. To do anything else becomes distracting if you allow yourself, if you give yourself wiggle room to not push yourself as hard as you possibly can. To think about sitting out and this, that and the other, your motivation is all wrong. I refuse to think that way."
Bryant is scheduled for another re-evaluation in the next couple of weeks to gauge how far along he is in the rehab process. If everything goes well, he could be back on the floor by late February. By then, his Achilles should be in fine shape, but his knee will be what is tested the most upon his return.