|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 20, 2013 at 2:10 AM|
Kobe's willpower brought him back to the court this month and even brought back flashes of greatness. But it wasn't enough to keep him from getting injured again, and provides no guarantee that it won't happen another time to the 35 year old. The Lakers took a big risk giving Bryant a $48.5 million extension this past fall, and with Kobe's tires falling off, what if the Kobe that we know is done being a top 5, or top 10 player in the NBA. The Lakers decided to show loyalty with Kobe, but has that act of goodwill hurt the franchise in the near future, or in the long run?
Bryant suffered the injury Tuesday night during the visiting Lakers' 96-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. The Lakers said Thursday that an MRI showed the fracture.
"All I can do is do the work. And do everything I can to be back at the highest level," Bryant told ESPN
I think the media believes the Lakers will find a way to win more championships.The media in the past has dreamed up a trio of James, Melo, and Kobe. They assume the Lakers will rise up. I'll tell you this, as long as the Lakers are without Durant, James, or if their not built like the Pacers or Spurs. The Lakers won't be able to snap their fingers for this issue to go away.
The Lakers have a chance to bring in a big free agent next summer, but their hopes for Paul George died once he signed his extension with the Pacers. So that leaves the Lakers with Melo, or maybe Chris Bosh, and James or Wade. I just don't see James heading to the Lakers, and Wade either for that matter. I could see Bosh or Melo, but even if the Lakers bring Melo or Bosh.Is that enough.The other question if the do bring in a star is this. Who else do you have on this roster, and look at your head coach.
I think Kobe is breaking down, and I don't know if he'll ever return to his old ways, why should we exepct him to? He's 35 years old, your game only goes down from there. Kobe will still be a good player, and that's why the big money that's owed to Kobe doesn't make sense. It makes me question Kobe. Did he really care about winning a 6th ring, or is he that stubborn that he believes he can win alone?