Its not his heart or passion that I'd bet against. It’s his Achilles Tendon that I'd bet against.
It doesn’t matter if I have been a fan for 50 years or 50 seconds. I personally have zero impact on KB's injury status. I'm just stating what history has shown me to believe. It’s a complete tear of his Achilles. 99.9% of the time that’s a career ender. It is what it is.
Regardless how many tweets/FB posts his publicists release also doesn’t affect the severity. Its good PR to stay relative in his fan bases minds, but it’s not going to shift the odds in his favor. And regardless of how many injuries KB has played through and adjusted to over the past 17 years, none of that brings about any results either.
Also I’ve heard all the PR talking points:
-immediate surgery limits scar tissue
-better science = improved medical procedures
-Best surgeon in the world
-Its Kobe and Vitti he will shake it off and return to form
NONE of that achieves results. The fact is, this injury is beyond Kobes control. His drive and passion to overcome doesn’t mean a damn thing when it comes to this injury. The best thing for an Achilles tear is patience. And KBs tweeting about being ready for training camp and Vitti says he will be back before Christmas, so I’m assuming based on nothing other than those statements there's not much time for patience. And that makes sense given Kobes age.
Fact is if the Achilles doesn’t want to completely heal….then it won’t. There's no work out regiment. There's no electrical stimulation to help healing. There's no artificial replacement implants. There's no miracle drug. This isn’t a muscle or a bone. It’s worse than that. If KB would have broken his entire leg I would have believed he could come back 95% of what he was by Christmas. But that’s not the circumstance.
So in closing I’ll make it clear that I want him to comeback. KB24 comeback at any capacity and play another game here in ATL-Phillips Arena and I will be there as usual rooting for him and going nuts. Even if he’s in for 5 mins on a farewell tour that’s an accomplishment. Would I like for him to be able to come back and be the player he was? Yes of course. And if he does then I will be happy for him.
I’m not expecting anything but the smallest of positive outcomes. And imo that’s being optimistic given the circumstances. Chauncey Billups is back on the court. His game is but a shadow of its former self but he’s back on the court so that’s a good sign. And that’s about what I expect from KB24. And with that outcome I will be very happy for him to not end his career by injury.
I agree with you all the way until you put Chauncey Billups as an example. Please don't compared Chauncey to Kobe. That is an embarrassment for Kobe. Kobe will not be a shadow of himself like Billups was a shadow of himself. But I do agree with you that any other injuries a player can come back and be the same player but an achilles injury is the worst and 99% of the player will never be the same or be even close to good. The only 1% that I know came back and flourish was Adrian Peterson. However, football is a totally different sports than basketball. Also the position that AP plays in. You can say that football can be more violent but if you think about it, basketball is more damaging to your achilles because you use that muscle a lot more. Adrian doesn't play every down. He also sits for long period of time when the defense is out there. And Adrian Style of running are usually down hill and speed. He doesn't run like a Reggie Bush or a Barry Sanders having to use a lot of lateral movement. Kobe on the other hand needs to move right left up and down. Football players wrap the crap out of their ankles and if you ever played football (i did in highschool as a corner back) you know how stiff that wrap can be. Your ankle feels like a stone afterwards. You can't do that in basketball because it will not be good for the fluid movement you need in basketball. So the example of Adrian peterson coming back compared to a basketball player coming back from that injury is not even close. I hope Kobe understands that and doesnt think that if AP can do it, he can do it.
But having said all that, Kobe Bryant is one of a kind. Nobody including the great Airness himself can still play at such a high level at this stage of his career. If you play for 14 years in the league, you probably suck by year 15 because you are old and you play so many games. Kobe played 17 years including all the playoff games so technically, he played the most games out of all players in the history of the game when it said and done. Nobody plays as many games as Kobe has. I think fisher is the closest. And he still play at such a high level? So if anybody can prove people wrong, he can. Its just with an achilles injury that usually create career ending for 99% of the players, Kobe might have to do the almost impossible to be back to even 80% of himself. Kobe knows that. Thats why he was tearing up and so upset during that interview right after the injury. He knows how almost impossible it is to come back and be even 80% of the player he can be with this injury.
I am a huge Kobe fan. I can argue that I am his number one fan since I was born just 10 minutes from his highschool. And I believe he is the greatest Lakers of all time. Even beating out my child hood hero Magic Johnson. But I agree with LakersGAfan.
Edited by epicwolf, May 23, 2013 - 05:34 AM.