LTLakerFan wrote:As long as they wove his tendon back correctly and Kobe has only to rehab it diligently & "smartly" with his usual laser intensity and purpose, I guess what we each "expect" to see out of him again is wildly different. You can see "shell of himself"as a possibility. I feel maybe for another good to great player, but this is Kobe Bryant and no way that happens and 80% of himself at worst case. And the leader, or heart or soul of the team NEVER left. The per cent granted, pulled out of my behind but you understand my point. I'm just WAY more optimistic about it.
I'm still optimistic LT! Don't forget I started the Optimistic thread that most people didn't respect.
But I'm just very cautious about this. And I know from experience around these types of injuries that full recovery is rare and even when it DOES happen, it takes a long, long time. It'll take a year before he FEELS okay. He might play before that and even look okay, but it won't FEEL okay in his body.
I know what you're saying about heart and whatnot, but Derek Fisher was our heart for a while. And he was never very good. My point is that while we fans can afford to sit back and wait until our franchise player is back on his feet (literally) the FO can't afford to take that chance. They've got to move forward. That doesn't necessarily mean leaving Kobe behind, but it does mean planning for a team without him on it.