Jul 2, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT
Before Kobe Bryant went down with his Achilles tendon injury, he sounded like a guy who wanted to play another year, maybe two, then hang them up. He dropped all kinds of hints about that.
Now he is changing his tune.
Kobe sat down for an interview with Mike Trudell of Lakers.com and talked about his legacy and how his injury has changed his perspective and how he wants to stick around.
“I feel pretty damn confident I can be at a high level for at least another three years. I feel like how I was playing last year – I know I’ll be healthy and I’ll be ready to go this year – I know what I can bring. And I think I can easily do that for another three years.
“I think the (Achilles) injury has something to do with it. It really increased the drive. And probably San Antonio getting so close to winning No. 5, probably hurt me a little bit too. I want to make sure I push the ring count out a little further. It was really, really close there. They played phenomenally well. But it’s a testament to what skill can do. To what us old guys can do if you play together, if you play with one mind and one purpose you can accomplish great things. It was inspirational for me and hopefully inspirational for the city of Los Angeles and this organization of what we can do, how this tide can change fairly quickly and we’ll be looking at a parade.”
If you’re Dwight Howard, sitting down with the Lakers on Tuesday to hear their pitch about how you are their future, how does this sit with you?
It’s just very Kobe to have a new obstacle thrown up in his was so now he’s energized for more seasons as he tries to conquer it.
Kobe is not going to be the same player upon his return. An Achilles injury at his age means he is going to lose some explosiveness, some quickness. The thing is Kobe’s game had already shifted from using that explosiveness to more using his footwork, his fundamentals and his high hoops IQ to get his shots in his space. That’s not going away. Kobe is not going to be as great a player as he was, but he can still be good.
The question is will there be enough talent on the roster to get him the ring he craves.
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Apr 22, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT
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Apr 22, 2014, 2:40 AM EDT
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