For years, we’ve watched Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant appear to be superhuman. But even the mightiest at times fall, which is what happened to Bryant when he suffered a devastating torn Achilles injury last season.
Yes, Bryant has practiced in recent weeks but reports have suggested Bryant looked ‘rusty’, which considering the year off is completely understandable. But what about his athleticism? Bryant isn’t your typical 35-year-old basketball player. This is a guy who began playing professionally at 18 and has logged multiple seasons worth of games in the postseason. It’s inevitable that his athletic ability will decline, but Bryant says not to worry – he’s ready to adapt if/when that happens:
“There’s different ways I can go,” Bryant said, striking a reflective tone. “Obviously, the easier of the two would be if I could have the same type of explosiveness that I had last year. It makes my game very easy. But if it’s not there, I’m ready to adapt.”
Bryant said on Tuesday that he still feels he is ‘weeks’ away from returning, despite being cleared by medical doctors.