No one knows for sure how Kobe Bryant will look once he steps on the basketball court.
Sure, we’ve seen his unyielding determination as he’s progressed enough from his surgically repaired left Achilles tendon both to run on a weight-bearing treadmill and to shoot on a “Pop a Shot” arcade game. An informal sampling of outside medical experts familiar expect Bryant will still play effectively, but voice concerns that the seriousness surrounding the injury will take away his athleticism. It’ll be interesting to see to what degree the Lakers allow Bryant to expedite his recovery time versus exercising caution.
But that hardly has stopped NBA2K14 from offering a sneakpeak. The game doesn’t debut until Oct. 1, but Ronnie2K offered a brief video via his Instagram account on how Bryant looks in the video game. In that clip, Bryant’s aggressive. He relies on his crafty footwork to create space off his defender. He relies on his outside shot instead of driving to the basket. And, of course, he scores.
As what’s became a staple for the NBA2K franchise for the past three years, the game will also feature past NBA legends. That, of course, will include Laker great Magic Johnson, who still appears capable in the image below of throwing his signature no-look passes.
In reality, all eyes will be on Bryant, obviously. Though few hardly believe the Lakers will carry the Larry O’Brien trophy in June as they’re often expected to do, how Bryant rehabs his injury and plays afterwards will play a large part in the team’s ability to make the playoffs. In the eyes of NBA2K14, it appears they have full confidence Bryant will find a way just as he’s always done through most obstacles.
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