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Kobe’s latest injury keeps Lakers waiting
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On October 9, 2013 @ 11:12 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
When Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant finally spoke about his long road back from his April 12 Achilles tendon tear, saying this week that he’s still ahead of schedule but providing no timeline for his return, this much was made clear: The Nick Young variety act will continue for the foreseeable future.
Young, the homegrown gunslinger out of nearby University of Southern California who saw opportunity in Bryant’s absence and signed on as his substitute during the summer, is one of the least-known, most-entertaining players in the entire Association — a constant bag of offensive tricks and hoops eye candy. But he’s not Bryant, the future Hall of Famer who is hell-bent on punishing the many media soothsayers whose preseason predictions have his team sitting home come playoff time in late April.
Yet this was the tallest of tasks even if Bryant was healthy, what with Dwight Howard having headed for Houston and Lakers running mates Steve Nash and Pau Gasol yet another year older (39 and an older-than-his-age 33, respectively). And now that Bryant is starting to sound like a player who may not be back any time soon — a revelation that should surprise no one considering the injury typically takes six to nine months to recover from — this new Lakers lot is charged with a challenge that seems more daunting by the day.
Bryant, who recently returned from Germany after undergoing his latest round of platelet-rich plasma therapy on his right knee, hasn’t officially deemed himself out for the Oct. 29 regular season opener. But his recovery, it’s still safe to say, may last long after the games start counting.
He told news reporters Wednesday that after “six months of eating whatever the hell I wanted to eat and not running,” he’s out of shape and will need three weeks of “rigorous conditioning” to regain his fitness — a period that has not started yet. He is running at his full body weight on the altered-gravity treadmill but has only taken set shots to this point and has yet to ask his 35-year-old legs if their vintage explosiveness … [For more on Kobe Bryant's latest injury update keeps Lakers waiting, click here.]
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