Is Kobe Bryant’s Torn Rotator Cuff Injury Going To End His Career?
On Thursday, Kobe Bryant received some devastating news. He has a torn rotator cuff injury in his right shoulder that could potentially end his 2014-15 NBA season. Kobe has reportedly been dealing with the injury for a few months now. But it’s become too painful for him to play through and it could end up preventing him from playing for the rest of the season if he eventually has to undergo surgery on it. And that’s not all. If it does sideline him for the rest of the year, it could also end his NBA career.
Kobe could return to the Los Angeles Lakers next season after rehabilitating his shoulder and play again. But at this point, we have to believe that he’s starting to think, “What’s the point?” Over the last three years, Kobe has suffered injuries that have hampered him for the majority of the last three seasons. So it’s becoming more and more clear that Father Time is taking its toll on him. And he has to be thinking “What’s next?” right now with regards to his body. It’s failing him at the moment and seems to be telling him that it’s time for him to hang up his sneakers once and for all. So we wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up retiring at season’s end due to his latest injury.
Kobe also has to consider what he’d be coming back to, if he did indeed try to make one more comeback. The Lakers aren’t very good this year, and there’s a really good chance that they won’t be good next year, either. Unless they’re able to convince someone like Kevin Love to join their team, they’re probably not going to be a playoff team during the 2015-16 NBA season. So Kobe is going to have to take a long, hard look at himself in the mirror this offseason and think about whether or not he wants to come back and play for a team that’s not built to make a playoff run. If he wants to do it simply because he feels as though he owes it to the Lakers franchise to give it a go, then so be it. But it doesn’t make much sense for him to risk further injury by playing next season if this season turns out to be a bust due to his shoulder injury.
What do you think Kobe should do if his shoulder injury prevents him from playing again this season? Retire? Play one more year? It’ll be interesting to see what he ultimately does.