Miami’s Dwyane Wade on Kobe Bryant: “Never count him out”

The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant gets shakes hands with Dwyane Wade after their game at the Staples Center December 25, 2013. The Heat beat the Lakers 101-95. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)

The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant gets shakes hands with Dwyane Wade after their game at the Staples Center December 25, 2013. The Heat beat the Lakers 101-95. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade can literally feel Kobe Bryant’s pain.

The Lakers’ star has spent the past month rehabbing a surgically repaired right shoulder, a process the team estimated will last around nine months. Bryant, of course, has experienced this monotonous trek before, rehabbing for eight months to heal a left Achilles tendon he tore on April, 2013 only to play six games before suffering a season-ending left knee injury.

Wade has traveled that path, too. He missed a combined 16 games this season because of left hamstring issues. Wade also sat out 28 games in the 2013-14 season as the Heat tried to reduce wear on his knees.

“Sometimes you have to get lucky,” Wade said after the Lakers’ 100-94 loss to the Heat on Wednesday at American Airlines Arena. “If you don’t, you have to find ways to get back on the basketball court and be successful. You have to work your tail off. Obviously Kobe is that guy. Everyone knows that. I’m that guy. You just have to if you want to be successful in this league.”

Bryant has adjusted plenty in his 19-year NBA career. Yet, he has suffered three major injuries for three consecutive years. But…..

“Kobe has found ways to be effective after so many years in the league,” Wade said. “So never count him out in bouncing back next year and doing it all over again.”

In his 19th NBA season, Bryant provided some highlights. He eclipsed Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Bryant posted two triple doubles. He also recorded a career-high 17 assists in a regular-season game against Cleveland. But Bryant provided some lowlights, too. He averaged 22.3 points albeit on a career-low 37.3-percent shooting. He also lasted only 35 games and sat eight of the last 16 games before aggravating his right shoulder last month in New Orleans.

“It’s unfortunate, man,” Wade said. “I went through surgeries and things before, so I know how hard it is just to get healthy and get back. When something like that happens, it just sucks to see him deal with the injuries he had the last three years. You don’t want to see anyone go through that, especially one of the greatest players to ever play this game.”


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  • Pete

    Why are the lakers playing, or even better, why is there ccenter even on the team. And that guy Kelly wow what a talentless player he’s terrible the only thing I can figure is that the Lakers are tanking. And THATS SAD.

  • Arthur Jury

    Here is the Lakers front Line last game loss:
    Boozer 7pts 9 Reb
    Kelly 0 pts 1 Reb
    Sacre 0 pts 2 Reb
    What a bunch of stiffs, 7 points combined for the three forward-center starters… what A TANK job
    Ditto below Kelly has nothing for the NBA
    And they have enough nerve to charge $1000s for tix and worse yet people are buying them and the unfortunate season tix holders are STUCK – they need a REFUND !!! Pay 1/4 of that and get Clips tix and see the playoffs.