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Kobe says he had to scale back conditioning to let Achilles recover

Oct 24, 2013, 6:06 PM EDT

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Patience is not one of Kobe Bryant’s strong suits.

His normal way of dealing with injuries — or pretty much any obstacle put in his path — is to do his rehab and play through the pain. He’s just going to work harder than everyone, work harder than the injury. However a torn Achilles doesn’t work that way — it requires patience to let heal, let other muscles strengthen around it, and if you rush it you can have a setback.

Which has forced Kobe to slow the process down, he admitted Thursday. Here are the tweets from Mark Medina of the Daily News, who was there when Kobe spoke.

There is no timetable for Kobe to return to action. Kobe was never likely for opening night, in spite of his effort and will. Like a fine vino, some things cannot be rushed and Achilles is one of those things.

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Health — between Kobe, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol in particular — is certainly one of the big issues for the Lakers this season. I’d put defense on the same level, but they have no chance of playing good defense without health.

  1. spursareold - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    They have no chance of playing good defense anyway. In spite of being robotically picked for All defense, Kobe hasn’t even played good defense in 3 years. Nash is horrible, and Howard, for all his flaws, was their rim protector.

    • redbaronx - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      @spursareold – I agree 100%. They didn’t play good defense before, and now they’re older and coming off of injuries. The Spurs at least have years of defensive identity and rotate a lot of players. The Lakers are simply old and getting worse. Kobe can talk about being healthy enough to make a run, but in reality I think this year is going to be a real eye opener for what’s left in the tank. Too many other teams that are younger, more athletic, more talented, and hungrier (Grizz, OKC, Houston, Jazz, Denver, Minnesota…take your pick). And then there’s always the Spurs who actually have been integrating younger players while keeping Duncan and Parker around.

      I think the Lakers will be lucky if they make the 7 or 8 spot this year. And no Laker fans, I’m not saying that to be spiteful or “hating”. I’m saying this objectively. The Lakers remind me of the Pistons when you could see the wheels coming off due to age and lack of young talent. Time for the next Laker era. If they can get their hands on a lottery pick this year…..that era doesn’t need to be far off. Maybe they can sucker Charlotte like did when they got Kobe for Vlade Divac….

  2. detectivejimmymcnulty - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Kobe is the type of guy who could push himself too hard too fast and make his injury worse. Take your time, Kobe.

  3. antistratfordian - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Oh brother. Please don’t let Kobe succumb to pressure of the Rosay soft-ification movement.

    • sportsfan18 - Oct 24, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      No worries… Kobe isn’t intelligent enough for that…

  4. mickdamill - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Translation…. Don’t expect a great season.

  5. zacksdad - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Personally I think once they lost Howard, they should have sucked for Wiggins. Here are the things I would have done.

    1. Traded Gasol for half decent young player or two.
    2. Traded MWP for a younger player.
    3. Traded Nash for a younger player.
    4. Amnestied Kobe with the understanding he would come back next year to them.

    This way they are younger and reloaded. I know everyone will disagree that we can get younger players and we should do this. But we are going nowhere fast with this salaried team.

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      I don’t think it was their intention, but they definitely will suck this season. Possibly worst in the league. They have to play a lot of teams in the west.

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 25, 2013 at 1:49 AM

      Yeah, I’m sure there are plenty of teams just jumping to trade their young players for MWP and Nash. I’m also sure that Kobe would be willing to just come back after being amnestied. It’s… brilliant!

      • bougin89 - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        Haha, exactly. When Kobe went down it was all “Amnesty him so he can take the whole year off and we can resign him for cheaper” non sense. If the Lakers amnestied Kobe he’d never be a Laker again. It’s not rocket science.

  6. jimeejohnson - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Oktoberfest in Germany coverup.

  7. Anoesis - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Yet another article on Bryant’s recovery. Yet another opportunity to rehash the same old story line of lack of youth, lack of health, lack of defense. Yet another opportunity to point out the team’s shortcomings. Yet another opportunity for certain posters to put up the same old insults, the same old gotchas, the same old glee at the Lakers’ woes.

    Good work, one and all. Hope you got your daily dose of schadenfreude out of the way before the old lady makes you do the dishes, massage her bunions, and walk that pathetic little excuse of a dog she loves more than you.

    • Kurt Helin - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      You are not required to click on articles you do not wish to read.

    • 00maltliquor - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      @ Anoesis

      LLOOLL @ that 2nd paragraph!!!

    • Anoesis - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      Yeah, Kurt, I keep making the idiotic mistake of thinking I’d be reading something new instead of just another rehash. You might consider updating Bryant’s recovery with news instead of reiterating the same points, ad nauseum.

  8. fearthehoody - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Who cares!? Go 40-42, get bounced round 1, and enjoy watching LAs varsity team win a title! Lob City!

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      A losing record doesn’t get you into the Western Playoffs. Neither will 22 wins, which is a more reasonable number.

      • asimonetti88 - Oct 25, 2013 at 1:53 AM

        Come on now. The Lakers might not be a great team this year… but 22 wins? Really? Do you realize how bad you actually have to be to only win 22 games? Only one or two teams win that many or less a year. And those teams don’t have players like Pau Gasol, Steve Nash or Kobe Bryant on their team. The Lakers will not be a great team, may even have a losing record, but 22 wins… they have too much talent on their team to be that epicly bad. 22 wins is around where the Sixers or Bobcats will fall.

      • adamsjohn714 - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:02 AM

        Yes. I really think they will be that bad. Their 3 best players are Nash, Gasol, and Kobe. All 3 are old and Kobe is coming off of a devastating injury. They aren’t going to get better than they were last year, individually. They lost Howard, who was a very solid piece and easily their best defender on a team without much D. World Peace was old and below average, so his loss wasn’t all that bad, but the rest of the moves are awful. Kaman is old and a poor replacement for Howard. Nick Young, Wesley Johnson, and Xavier Henry haven’t even put a below average season together in their entire careers, and at least 2 will be playing heavy minutes. Their whole roster is filled with bad players, and the few good ones they have are old/injured. I really think, in a best case scenario, they’d struggle to get 28 wins.

      • adamsjohn714 - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:03 AM

        I agree that they’re probably on par with the bobcats and sixers, but they play in the tougher West.

    • asimonetti88 - Oct 25, 2013 at 1:54 AM

      Too bad no one in LA cares about the Clippers.

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