Kobe will help Lakers most by sitting out
by Shaun Powell, Sports on Earth
The marvels of modern medicine have nothing on the splendor and miracle of aviation. For example, Kobe Bryant arrived in time for the first day of Laker training camp after flying overnight from Dubai, where he coached a celebrity basketball game. His repaired Achilles won’t allow him to travel on the basketball court, though, for a while longer. This recovery won’t be an overnight sensation.
There’s no timetable for his return on the tendon he tore way back in late April. Even with daily rehab — his therapist traveled everywhere with him this summer — it could take another month, or two, or maybe at least one holiday before he breaks a sweat. There’s no rush, and besides, why should there be?
You mean, hurry back so Kobe can look off Steve Blake? So he can find Chris Kaman, the replacement for Dwight Howard? So he can beat Pau Gasol back from knee injury? So he can help 39-year-old Steve Nash cross the street?
What exactly is the urgency?