KB is in the "shoot for the moon and settle for the stars" positive thinking phase. And that’s good for his mental state and motivation. And its good for maintaining sponsorship and satisfying endorsers for the time being. And it forces relevancy because your PR campaign never stops. However from a spectator’s point of view Kobe talking about coming back, dominating and making a run for 2 more Championships starting next season isn’t practical. To be exact his statements are not practical methodically or scientifically. As a diehard fan of his for 18 years and a pro Sports fan for 30+ I’d like to drop some knowledge.
Everyone says the worst way for KB to end his career would be by a serious injury that would end it. But that’s not true at all.
If he retired immediately after the Achilles tear or anytime before the 13-14 season started a career ending injury wouldn't fill the scope of people’s memory of what Kobe Bryant did for the game of Basketball. His legacy wouldn't be tarnished by a career ending injury after 18 seasons of awesome. All he did was ride for the Lakers till the wheels fell off. That’s both respectable and admirable.
Actually the worst way for Kobe to go out would be a failed comeback attempt. As of right now the words “failure” and “Kobe” are not compatible. And all the interviews with comeback PR talk. All the tweets about overcoming the odds. All the Tony Robbins rhetoric is only making that possibility greater. Many people are reading the talking points from KB (and/or his publicist) and believing every single word. Thus building peoples hopes and EXPECTATIONS for a glorious turn around nobody has ever done before. And if KB24 can’t deliver and comes back at a playing level much less than EXPECTED or worse not at all.......how will the majority of people react? What about the Kobe haters who would love to see him FINALLY fail, how would they react? They will act as if Kobe let them down. That Kobe failed and couldn't come back like he promised. And I'm sure sports news outlets like ESPN will do what they can do add negative fuel to the PR flames. Comeback failure can kill a legacy at worst and tarnishes it at best.
Ask Bo Jackson which is a similar situation.
Ask Lance Armstrong after people found out he cheated on his comeback.
Ask Chauncey Billups who is almost exactly the same situation. (Almost)
Ask Mike Tyson after he fired his lifelong trainer and then fought Buster Douglas after his 3 year prison bid.
Ask MJ in a Wiz jersey. What common word do we always hear about MJ on the Wiz? (heres a quick google search to show you, feel free to search yourself and verify, but you will know and/or remember when you read this)....
Jordan averaged more than 20 points during his two year stint with the Wizards but never reached the previous heights of his career and failed to earn Washington a playoff spot. LINK
Ask Muhammad Ali about his comeback attempt where he got whooped in back-to-back fights. One of those being to Larry Holmes, who gave Ali his first and only TKO. A defeated Ali hurt all of sports. When you see the replay of Ali hitting the canvas and the spit flying from his mouth and eyes rolling…..it was that fight….when he was 38 and tried to comeback out of 3-4 years of retirement that you're seeing. And the media loves to play it. Even when they talk about the mans greatness they still mention “his only TKO”.
Actually I believe Kobe should be doing the opposite PR talk in his current situation. He should be repeating the same narrative over and over. That he’s giving it his best shot and will do all he can both physically and mentally to return, but after that he's in God’s hands. That its possible he may not be able to will his Achilles tendon back to full strength in such an expedited time frame, even though he’d like to. And that through his efforts of attempting what some have called impossible he wants to inspire people, because he can guarantee he will at the very least return to Staples court to finish his career.
That way nobody on the planet can ever say he didn't try or that he failed in his efforts. And if complications occur and an impact-full comeback doesn't happen he’s ok with accepting it and will understand it’s time to move on in life. That’s going out a winner in everyone’s eyes.
Personally I want to believe. But I know its a tall order. If KB comes back in any manner I will view it a great success. I will be happy for him and selfishly happy for myself to see him on the court again. I dont care what he does performance wise. I just want to see him leave what he loves by his own decision he made, not one that he was forced to make. But thats just me.
Edited by LakersGAFan, June 17, 2013 - 06:05 AM.