Should Kobe Bryant Rush Back For The 2013-14 NBA Season Or Take His Time Rehabbing His Achilles?
When Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles during a regular season game in April, most people thought that he wouldn’t be back on the basketball court until at least the beginning of 2014. A torn Achilles is no joke, especially when you’re getting up there in age like Kobe is right now. We didn’t necessarily doubt Kobe’s ability to come back from the injury quickly. But as they say, Father Time is undefeated. And we thought that Kobe would likely have a tough time rehabbing the Achilles in time for the 2013-14 NBA season. But as it turns out, Kobe is way ahead of his rehab schedule right now and, believe it or not, he could be back in the Lakers starting lineup in time for the 2013 NBA preseason.
“We’re in Vegas, and I would bet a lot of money that this guy comes back probably in preseason,” Lakers VP Jim Buss said at the Las Vegas Summer League late last week. “He’s real sharp in taking care of himself and he’s not going to rush anything just to get back and prove a point. He’s going to come back when he’s right. He’s a machine. He’s inhuman. I see him coming back at the beginning of this season. I can’t believe how much he’s progressed so far.”
If Buss is telling the truth, Kobe is on the verge of doing something epic. Despite all of the medical technology that exists today, recovering from a torn Achilles in just six months is still unheard of. But should Kobe really rush back in time for the preseason? Or should he take his time to make sure that he doesn’t suffer any setbacks during the regular season?
The answer is obvious. Kobe needs to take his time in this situation and be extra precautionary as he prepares to come back to the Lakers. Even if he feels like he’s 100 percent—hell, even if the doctors tell him he’s 100 percent—he needs to be very careful as he comes back from the Achilles tear. He’s not 20 anymore and, even though he’s working hard to rehab the injury right now, there’s no telling how his body will react to NBA game action. And if he suffers any setbacks, even minor setbacks, it could result in his career ending prematurely.
So even if Kobe is ready to play during the preseason, he shouldn’t do it. It won’t be good for him. It won’t be good for the Lakers. And overall, it won’t be good for the league, which still needs a superstar out in Los Angeles to help boost the popularity of the NBA. So take your time, Kobe! There’s absolutely no need for you to come back anytime during the preseason.