Kobe Bryant dubbed “The King of the Comeback”


Kobe Bryant graded his debut following a seven-month absence from a left Achilles tendon injury as nothing more than an “F.” Bryant lasted only six games before fracturing his left knee. And for the past four months, Bryant hasn’t advanced past his rehab beyond riding a stationary bike.

The end of Bryant as we know it?

Well, Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni is fairly skeptical Bryant will play this season. He will be reevaluated Friday, but the Lakers estimate it would take him a couple of weeks before progressing through practice. And considering the dicey nature of his injury coupled with the Lakers’ doomed playoff appearance, general manager Mitch Kupchak said the organization has encouraged Bryant to take his time with his recovery.

But as Muscle Prodigy’s TV’s Jaret Grossman argues in a tribute video above, Bryant has proven time and time again that he’s spent his 18-year NBA career overcoming plenty of big obstacles.

Leaping from high school to the NBA. Staying away from potential off-court distractions to maximize his work in the gym. Building solid fundamentals around his superior athleticism. Overcoming injury after injury after injury. Staying hungry through both the accomplishments and setbacks.

Add all that up, and the video suggests Bryant’s latest struggles won’t end his career. Instead, it will mark a chapter that showed Bryant eventually rising above yet another challenge.


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