By Larry Golbetz: Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant insists that he didn’t injure his left knee due to him coming back too quickly from a torn Achilles on his left leg. Some NBA fans are wondering whether the 35-yard-old Bryant was too quick to return to play before his Achilles was fully healed.
They point to their belief by the way that Bryant played after he came back, as he looked worse than he had ever looked in a Laker uniform. There was nothing in common from this version of Bryant and the the pre-Achilles injury Bryant.
The Lakers are even worse with Bryant, as they’ve won just 3 out of their last 7 games and lost three straight. They’re currently 10 1/2 games out of 1st place in the Western Division.
“I don’t think one had anything to do with the other,” Bryant said to the media earlier this week on Wednesday in answering questions about his knee injury to his left knee. “We’ve evaluated it pretty extensively. The fact of the matter is any of us can get hurt at any moment and the key for us as an athlete is to block that fear out. I think I feel more locked in now than I’ve been my entire career because of this. The spirits are fine, the focus is great. Just going to see what happens when I come back.”
Bryant’s comeback with the Lakers didn’t last too long, as he suffered a fractured lateral tibial plateau after just 6 poorly played games. Bryant sees it as a good thing that it was just a fracture without it involving a tendon, ligament or cartilage tear. But as it is, Bryant will still miss a minimum of 6 weeks healing from the injury. He doesn’t want to wrap it up and give up on the season so that he has more time for his Achilles to heal.
Coming back from an Achilles injury can take as long as 9-12 months. Kobe is going it off of 8 months, so he’s definitely coming back early. You can expect a player coming back that early isn’t going to be 100 percent. Ideally, Kobe would be better off sitting out the remainder of the season and coming back for the 2015 season totally healed. But he’s not going to do that.