Magic Skywalker wrote:
therealdeal wrote:Everyone reacts differently and there are a dozen different ways it can be torn/treated.
That being said, I'm STILL not convinced Kobe will be there opening day and I'm CERTAIN he won't be "Kobe Bryant". He may NEVER be "Kobe Bryant" again. I expect he'll return and at some point in the season will look like an elite SG in the league, but I don't know when and I doubt he EVER looks the way he looked last season.
If I'm wrong, I'll be the first to celebrate, but I just have seen too many torn Achilles end people's athletic lives to be overly optimistic about a full recovery.
I've read this kind of things so many times. I do understand why you feel he won't be "Kobe Bryant", but.... he IS "Kobe Bryant", and while he is a freak athlete, he's a basketball genius, he will know how to adapt. I do agree it may take some time, but I'm sure he'll get there, and that's because he is "Kobe Bryant".
And real, I believe you know this.
I'm expecting him to come back and be a more efficient human being in terms of movement. He'll have to adjust because he'll lose a lot of explosive ability. His already excellent footwork will have to be a premium and he'll have to work to get his handles back to where they used to be despite his fingers.
He won't be dunking on many people, at least for a long, long time.
Physically his body is going to be limited for at least the first few months, then he's going to have to adjust to having this surgically repaired mega Achilles on one side which can cause discomfort, lack of mobility, and can affect the way he uses his other Achilles.
It's not that I don't believe he'll come back and be an NBA level player. I'm not sure I believe that he'll come back and be the best SG in basketball. I think those days are probably over.