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Does Kobe Bryant’s Latest Injury Prove That He May Have Returned To The Court Too Soon After His Achilles Injury?

Submitted by on December 20, 2013 – 1:06 pmOne Comment

We’ve got some bad news for all of the Los Angeles Lakers fans out there: Kobe Bryant is officially back on the shelf. Less than two weeks after Kobe returned to the lineup following about eight months of intense rehab on his torn Achilles tendon, he’s once against going to be sidelined for at least six weeks as a result of an injury. He suffered a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee during a game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night and actually played for an entire half with the injury. But he won’t be able to play on it regularly and will need to sit out until late January or early February to let the fracture heal. And that could be devastating for the Lakers.

The problem, of course, is that Kobe was just starting to play like the Kobe of old. And really, it was going to take another month or so before he was all the way back. So this injury is going to set him back quite a bit and, in all likelihood, it could derail both his season and the Lakers’ season. He’s going to end up missing so much time that the Lakers could end up out of the playoff race before he even returns.

There’s another concern here as well. Seeing as how Kobe got injured so quickly, there’s a chance that his body simply isn’t ready to handle the rigors of playing in the NBA right now. And he may have rushed back from his Achilles injury and returned to the Lakers too soon. There’s no way of knowing that for sure. But there’s a chance that he injured the knee because his body wasn’t ready to make a return yet. And if that is the case, the same thing could happen when he returns a second time.

We obviously aren’t hoping for this. The NBA is ultimately better when Kobe is in the lineup for the Lakers. But this is starting to look like a little bit of a lost season for the Lakers. So we hope Kobe takes his time and doesn’t try and rush himself back to health again. Because if he does? Well, we don’t want to think about it. Just take your time, Kobe. The Lakers want you back, but only when you’re ready.

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