Kobe Bryant More "locked In" Than Ever.

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gemfow
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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has no plans to shut it down for the season and says he is as determined as ever to play despite suffering a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee just six games into his return from an Achilles tear. " I think I feel more locked in now than I've been my entire career, because of this. The spirits are fine, the focus is great. Just going to see what happens when I come back. " -- Kobe Bryant on recent knee injury "I think I feel more locked in now than....

JSM87
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Good don't come back until you are dunking like last year! And tell Gasol play d or foul someone!

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And I believe him. Ill never doubt this mans ability to do what it takes if its what he wants and this is a guy who has never eatin' a day in his life it seems 24 is always hungry. The problem is our front office doing its part to bring in the right talent to pull pressure off the man. Wade hasn't a stress in the world, he gets his injuries more now then before but comes back healthy and no pressure to come in and do everything. This is what Kobe needs, some help with the load. You build your foundation.

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There are doubters saying Kobe's done, the championships are done, the Lakers are done but I for one; as a Lakers fan and Kobe fan have complete faith in this man's desire and drive towards the game. The Lakers are projected less than 1% win it all this year, lol I might be crazy enough to say they win it all but if it doesn't happen this year it's happening before Kobe retires, that's a bet I'm willing to make. The lakers were projected above 20% to win it all last year yet they didn't even make it to second round. The heat were projected to win it all about 80% yet the Mavericks took it from that one year. There's a lot more that comes into play than throwing in a bunch of individually talented players together, I mean look at Brooklyn. The Lakers can still do it, I believe in them and I believe in this squad because they all WANT to be wearing the purple and gold, they WANT to win, and they do not back down regardless of the situation. Let's go Lakers, show them I'm not crazy!

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dub4twenty wrote:
And I believe him. Ill never doubt this mans ability to do what it takes if its what he wants and this is a guy who has never eatin' a day in his life it seems 24 is always hungry. The problem is our front office doing its part to bring in the right talent to pull pressure off the man. Wade hasn't a stress in the world, he gets his injuries more now then before but comes back healthy and no pressure to come in and do everything. This is what Kobe needs, some help with the load. You build your foundation.

I agree with you brotha....

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I would never doubt Kobe mentally, it's his body people should be concerned about. Over the last few years he's probably had more injuries than any other Laker, he's just been able to play through them. Injuries come with age, but mentally the guy is tougher than any I've ever seen.

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gemfow wrote:
I would never doubt Kobe mentally, it's his body people should be concerned about. Over the last few years he's probably had more injuries than any other Laker, he's just been able to play through them. Injuries come with age, but mentally the guy is tougher than any I've ever seen.

I think kobe could return to all star status IF he took the rest of the year off and allowed his body to heal 100%. But Like all of us have found out after an injury, I think he'll constantly get knicked up because he is not fully healed and still out of balance. He should not return this year. ....he will not survive another major injury.

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I think kobe could return to all star status IF he took the rest of the year off and allowed his body to heal 100%. But Like all of us have found out after an injury, I think he'll constantly get knicked up because he is not fully healed and still out of balance. He should not return this year. ....he will not survive another major injury.

Personally, I felt that about the achilles injury. I remember when I had reconstructive ankle surgery and I was back playing again. People would ask me how's the ankle. My answer was always the same, my ankle feels great, it's everything else. People don't always look at how the body will overcompensate for an injury or return from an injury. Even though Kobe and some others don't feel the knee is related to the achilles but it's hard not to believe it isn't.

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^ yep should have taken the year off for sure. FO should have require it in his contract, "hey, here's your money heal up get 100 and next year we will have a team around you ".

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Kobe's not done but the psychology of tender knees is very impactful because he will play cautiously forevermore. Imagine walking up steps after an injury. Anyone will take months for the injury to truly recover being careful with everyday activities. The NBA is one of the most rigorous activities on Earth. HIs game must change going forward. If I were to offer him advice, I would suggest that he become an assist master. Kobe can still hit the open jumper with consistency but he can also serve ten assists per game.

This takes us to the next issue which is D'Antoni. D'Antoni is gonna run him into the ground again so no matter Kobe's strategy, D'Antoni is not capable of sustaining the awareness necessary to protect him and use him intelligently.

What happens if the Lakers lose a few more games in a row, setting new franchise lows for example? Will there be any talk of moving the coach to alleviate the style he has brought to town that can arguably be linked to the rash of injuries? Older teams are half court teams and speaking of old, what about Steve Nash. Is he secretly retired? There aren't any stable components to the entire organization at this time from the leadership right on down to the little used players with one exception, the players have heart so for me that is the measure... Anyone who lacks drive and motivation ought to find an other City to play or another profession.

RustyRay
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Bryant may end up being the only bright spot this season has by the end...I hope he comes back fully healthy and I pray that Pringles is able to take his foot off the gas with Kobe and not run him into the ground.

You know KB will come back the first night and play 48 if the coach let him..

If the season is lost which it appears to be I sure hope they don't wear the last Lakers legend out...They did last year and that's why he is still recovering now.


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