The accomplished track record, his superior fundamentals and his uncompromising drive still cannot provide clarity on one question.
How will Kobe Bryant play next season?
Will his prolonged recovery on his left Achilles tendon and left ankle reenergize Bryant’s aging body that turns 36 in August? Or does the six games he played in last season suggest he will not survive a grinding NBA season? Will Will Bryant still stay effective by adjusting his game? Or will he just become damaged goods? Can his greatness boost a sluggish Lakers’ season? Or will his fortunes become as bleak as what the Lakers’ season could entail?
Of course, Bryant would argue the best case scenarios will happen. He will use the cited worst case scenarios as fuel to prove those outcomes will not play out. He will use any self-doubt as both additional fuel and to make any necessary adjustments to his game. As the video produced by Old Skool BBall shows, Bryant stays resolute in ensuring he still can leave an impressive “Last Dance.”
I don’t want to say I’ll be back at the top of my game because everybody is going to think I’m crazy and it’s the old player not letting go sort of thing,” Bryant said in March when the Lakers announced he would miss the rest of the season. “But that’s what it’s going to be.”
We will soon find out if Bryant is right.
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