When the Los Angeles Lakers welcomed back Kobe Bryant earlier this season, some people said that it might have been too soon. When he suffered another serious injury less than ten games back, the discussion of Kobe Bryant rushing himself back came up yet again.
But while fans and even NBA legends like Magic Johnson are urging Kobe to take his time in coming back a second time in 2014, the future Hall of Famer isn’t letting anyone tell him what to do. According to ESPNLosAngeles, Kobe fully expects to come back before the 2013-14 season concludes and has no plans to sit out the rest of the season.
Kobe says he has no plans to sit out the rest of the season, the Lakers record is irrelevant to his health
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 17, 2014
The Lakers are currently sitting at 15-25 and are in 13th place — almost a full eight games out of the Western Conference’s final playoff spot. Things don’t appear to be getting any better for the Lakers and the playoffs are extremely unlikely. Fans are talking more about a lottery pick than they are the postseason, which further puzzles people as to why Kobe would want to rush back and play at the end of this lost season for the Lakers.