Kobe Bryant showed he could win five NBA championships. He showed he could score 81 points in a game. He showed he could seemingly play through almost any injury. He even showed that, despite nursing a torn left Achilles’ tendon, he could make two free throws before hobbling off the floor.
Two weeks into his rehab period that the Lakers estimate will last six to nine months, Bryant wants to show he can do more. He wants to show this devastating injury will only build his resolve. He wants to show he can return to the court. He wants to show he can still play at an elite level.
Hence, why Nike unveiled a timely newspaper ad showing just that. Meanwhile, a fan-made video produced by YouTube user iSportsGaming2012 features that ad mixed in with highlights surrounding Bryant’s career. It gives you the feeling Bryant will indeed “show us again.”
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