Sep 3, 2014, 8:00 AM EST
Not even the most delusional Kobe fan believes Kobe, who’s 36 and played just six games last season, will ever return to that level of athleticism. That’s because Kobe himself acknowledges as much.
I can say, ‘I want to be able to jump as high as I used to. I want to be able to be as fast as I used to.’
No, I don’t jump as high as I used to. That’s OK. I’m not as fast as I used to be. That’s OK, too.
I’ll figure out another way to do it.
Kobe, to his credit, knows his body extremely well. He’s also human.
It would be nearly, if not completely, unprecedented for a player Kobe’s age and with his injury history to get more athletic.
And Kobe knows this.
Is that a depressing thought? Hardly. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing what the smart and crafty Kobe has in store – and so is he. As he says in the video:
I’m more motivated now than ever.
- Five Things We Learned in NBA Monday: Goran Dragic got his revenge in concentrated form 3
- League suspends James Harden one game for kick to LeBron James’ groin 23
- PBT’s weekly NBA Power Rankings: Hawks seem to be out of malaise. Maybe. 9
- Report: Jimmy Butler could miss three to four weeks with elbow injury 6
- Five Things We Learned in NBA Sunday: James Harden, LeBron James want your MVP vote 11
- Report: Sixers agree to buyout with JaVale McGee; he can sign with contender 36
- Bulls’ Jimmy Butler leaves with elbow injury, does not return (VIDEO) 0
- Adam Silver says data may prove Gregg Popovich right in terms of resting multiple players 18