Kobe Bryant has suffered season-ending injuries in each of the last three seasons, and the Los Angeles Lakers star wasn’t even close to being the same player he used to be when he played this season. Nevertheless, that won’t stop Bryant from doing whatever he can to try and get back to playing at a high level next year when he returns from a torn right rotator cuff.
Bryant was on the bench for the Lakers’ 100-93 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, and he spoke with Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell during the fourth quarter of the game and gave this answer on what he expects from himself next year:
“To be ready. I’ll train just like I normally do and do everything possible to be ready and come back with a vengeance.”
Bryant said this injury isn’t nearly as bad as the Achilles injury in 2013, and it helps that he’ll be able to use his legs early on in the rehab process. Still, it’s going to be a tough road back for the Lakers star, and it would be foolish to expect greatness when he returns next season. Father Time remains undefeated, and it seems to have finally caught up with Bryant.