If you’re wondering if the Los Angeles Lakers still own the rights of Kobe Bryant, the answer is yes. However, if you’re wondering if Kobe Bryant will play again this season, it’s not as easy as a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
But, if you’re looking for any insight, the best bet would probably be ‘yes’.
According to Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding, Kobe will be re-examined in three weeks and after that, it will be determined whether or not he will be able to play again this season.
Kobe will be re-examined in three weeks, Lakers say. Examined today and still has soreness and swelling in knee.
The Kobe timeline means he won’t even be re-examined until mid-March. Season ends in mid-April.
Kupchak yesterday on Kobe: “We’re hopeful he can get back on the court at some point. … We’re not going to push him.”
If, again that’s a big if, Kobe can return this season, what good does it do? He’ll probably return to play a month of the season, maybe less, with a team that will more than likely look totally different one year from now. There’s really nothing good that can come of it. More importantly, there’s nothing for him to gain.
Of course, there’s the whole attraction that Kobe brings, but is it really worth risking your one lasting hope of relevance for one month in a pretty irrelevant season?
Perhaps Mitch Kupchak was hinting at just that when he said “we’re not going to push him”.
Translation: WE DON’T REALLY NEED YOU THIS SEASON, KOBE.
Still, I expect that we’ll see him again before this season is all said and done. Whether it’s good Kobe or bad Kobe remains to be seen.