Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is attempting to come back from a torn Achilles, a tough task for any basketball player, let alone a 35-year old, 17-year veteran like Bryant. Because of his age and the severity of the injury, he is aware the road is going to be tough.
“Maybe I won’t have as much explosion,” Bryant told Sports Illustrated. “Maybe I’ll be slower, maybe I’ll lose quickness. But I have other options.”
Bryant offered up an interesting comparison.
“It’s like Floyd Mayweather in the ring,” Bryant explained. “There’s a reason he’s still at the top after all these years. He’s the most fundamentally sound boxer of all time. He can fight myriad styles at myriad tempos. He can throw fast punches or off-speed punches, and he can throw them from odd angles.”
Obviously, Bryant has high hopes as he attempts to make his return, but how can anyone doubt him? Last season, Bryant averaged 27.3 points, 6.0 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game while shooting 46.3% from the field,32.4% from beyond the arc and 83.9% from the free throw line.