Kobe Looks Human
After releasing a trailer reminiscent of a Superman movie - to announce his return - Kobe Bryant looked awfully human on Sunday night against the Toronto Raptors. Kobe finished his first game back with 9 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 8 turnovers. Everyone knew that Kobe was going to be rusty after his first game back, but Kobe not only looked rusty, but a step slower as well. Bryant repeatedly passed up shots that he would have ordinarily taken and was even blocked by DeMar DeRozan on a jump shot.
After the game, Bryant said, "I need to drop some more (weight). I need to be a little lighter. My legs aren't there to be able to just catch and shoot yet because I'm not in the proper rhythm to do it yet.”
Bryant also added that he would probably be sore on Monday, “but that soreness is just because I'm like 60," Bryant said. "My tendon feels completely fine. Now it's just managing the body and making sure you have proper nutrition and hydration and stretching and ice baths and all that fun stuff, and doing what you have to do to make sure you're ready day in and day out."
Clearly, no one is as critical about Kobe Bryant as Kobe Bryant. Bryant gave himself a “F” for his first day back and said, "I'm just insanely critical. There was a bunch of things that I completely messed up on."
But this, believe it or not, is what sets Kobe apart from everyone else. His inner-critic drives him to be a notch above everyone else. Sometimes, even the great ones need to be humbled again in order to re-establish their greatness.