Around here, we’ve been pretty skeptical about then possibility of Kobe Bryant returning from his ruptured Achilles tendon and playing for the Lakers on opening night.
Why? The injury he sustained — a torn Achilles tendon — typically takes at least 9 months to heal. He was injured in April, so that would make January the 9-month mark. Yes, the guy is superhuman, and everyone’s body heals at a different speed, but the opening night banter seemed patently ridiculous to anyone with a grip on medical realities.
Jan Hubbard weighed in on the topic, deriding the Lakers for giving their fans false hopes that LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony might be joining the team if they opt out of their contracts next summer.
Bryant went on the Jimmy Kimmel show and gave a comprehensive update on a number of topics. The show was taped at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles with more than 7,000 in attendance. Bryant turns 35 next week and he vows that his 17-year career is “definitely not over.”
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