Jan 23, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) looks on from the bench during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Kobe Out For The Season?

Two tweets from Dr. Robert Klapper, a guest on ESPN710 indicating the direction of Kobe’s injury.  While he is not Kobe’s direct doctor, he is very familiar with sports injuries and has been accurate with Steve Nash all season long.

It seems that Laker fans have got their wish, but not in the way they wanted to.  The idea of having Kobe sit out the season was predicated on the assumption that he would heal.  Not only would he have time to heal, but he would also have ample strength training and conditioning programs to get ready for the upcoming 2014 season.  The way things are looking, he shouldn’t return for the rest of this season.

Sadly, among the many Laker injuries that have been inflicted onto the team; Jordan Farmar, Xavier Henry, Jordan Hill, Pau Gasol, Nick Young, Jodie Meeks, Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, and prior to the trade, Steve Blake, the total number of games missed is nearly equal to two full seasons for one player.  Even worse, Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant, the leaders of the team, haven’t been healing as well given adequate time and therapy to do so.

It’s another eight months until Laker training camp in October 2014.  Hopefully, Kobe won’t be late for his last season as a Laker.

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  • J Taylor

    Way to spin a non-existent story.
    If Kobe can’t return as per normal healing/medical expectations, then he’s basically done as a player. Especially from a broken bone.

    Everyone seems to look at the constant strain of injury and overly cautious medical staff as a fluke; i look at it as the team is “sandbagging” and finding a way to keep key guys off the court so that they lower the chance of winning. In most years, guys battle through injury and are warriors looking for every reason to stay on the court. – “You are the best scoring option on the team, and you say that you have discomfort in your hamstring…. go see the doctor. I’m sure he’ll sit you out for a week to rest… we need to be careful and not jeopardize your career.”

    Kobe’s expected to return at the end of March with 10 (or so) games left. That’s the perfect amount of time to let Kobe remember how to be kobe and make adjustments in the summer. It’s also the perfect amount of time to see what a fully assembled team looks like before they make decisions and rebuild the team in the Summer.

    After having taken nearly a year off, Kobe will be youthful and refreshed in October.
    The team is sandbagging to get a great draft pick. It misses the playoffs for the 6th time in history and people get upset. In case you need reminding, the last 2 lottery picks the team had (from missing the playoffs) ended up with Bynum and Bryant.

    • Mike Garcia

      If he can’t come back as a player, it’s a story.