Kobe is a warrior. He’s a battler. He’s a competitor. He’s relentless.
Though, one word that is rarely used to describe him is patient. Because he doesn’t really practice much of it, especially when it comes to him dealing with his injuries. If it were up to him, he would just tape it all up, take a whole bunch of pain killers and rough it out.
However, with Achilles injuries you can’t do that.
[via L.A. Daily News]
After participating in some light shooting and jogging drills last week in China, Bryant said he “scaled back” his activity to allow his left Achilles tendon to heal from the added pressure. Despite conceding he wants to begin practicing with a ball in his hands, Bryant said he’s remained “steady” for one simple reason.
“Injuries to the lower extremities can always lead to something else,” Bryant said. “It’s not about waiting until I’m 100 percent necessarily. But it’s about making sure you’re running with the proper gate. We’re not putting stress on other areas that can cause problems down the road.”
There’s still no timetable on when Kobe will return. Still, I’m not putting it past Kobe to be ready to go on the season opener. It just wouldn’t be Kobe if he wasn’t in uniform on opening night.
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