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Kobe is back and furious
By Josh Egel

Kobe bryant achilles10/17/14 -- 96 minutes. 61 points. 36 years old. These are Kobe Bryant’s numbers for the Lakers over the first 6 preseason games and he hasn’t even played more than 28 minutes in one game. Kobe has always been at the top, an alpha-male. We all know he will be detrimed to rise up like a base-line-360-tomahawk, but will the body follow through?

Some would argue that he’s already seen the glory days of his career with ESPN.com ranking him 40th among all players in the NBA; now after two major injuries to his Achilles tendon and knee cap costing him serious time over the summer of 2013 and well into 2014.

After practice today Kobe answered questions about his ranking on ESPN.com. "I've know for a long time that they're a bunch of idiots," Kobe said on Lakers.com. "I tend to use things for motivation that are in the realm of reality.... All jokes aside. It really doesn't bother me that much. I'm going to do what I do regardless."

Should he call it quits or will he go the same ageless route the rest of his generation’s stars are going like Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, or even the legendary NFL star Peyton Manning?

A myriad of stories decked the media for over a year when Peyton Manning missed the 2011 season with the Indianapolis Colts over neck surgery. He was done. Old. Caput. Traded. And then he brought the Denver Broncos to two straight playoff appearances tallying over 10,000 passing yards in the process. Keep in mind that this man is 38 years old and playing quarterback in the roughest sports leagues in America.

Will Kobe outlast our expectations and tear apart the defenses of the NBA’s most tenacious players like Lance Stephenson and LeBron James or nurse re-occurring injuries like his teammate Steve Nash? It’s worth a look for a guy who wakes up in the wee hours of the morning only to torture rookies mercilessly in 1-on-1 with his seldom used left hand just as he had done to Tony Gaffney several years ago. Stories like this one are commonplace about Kobe from his former coach Phil Jackson.

Regardless of what we see, feel, and believe Kobe is still diving into the stands for loose balls and pushing his teammates in practice beyond their limits. This season will prove a tough one for Bryant as he prepares himself to lead a team with few, if any stars, and a body that hasn’t played more than 20 straight games in over a year. Amidst all of the hype, one thing that can’t be argued is that this man will never give up.

"God willing I can stay healthy. If I wind up proving people wrong in the process, that will just be collateral damage'" Kobe cunningly remarks to reporters.

 



 

 

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