The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off another disappointing loss, falling to the Atlanta Hawks, 100-114, last night at the Phillips Arena. The Lakers are 1-4 since Kobe Bryant's return heading into Tuesday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies and it does not look promising in the near future. Former Hawk great Dominique Wilkins believes Bryant will be back to an elite level after the All-Star break according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News on Dec. 17:
“One prominent NBA player who ruptured his Achilles believes Bryant will become the player that once won five NBA championships and climbed to fourth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Eventually.
"The good news: Wilkins believes Bryant will play above the rim and become an elite scorer by then. The bad news: the NBA All-Star game takes place Feb. 16 in New Orleans.”
Bryant is still recovering and getting stronger everyday and it is normal for Bryant to be struggling to shake off the rest after not playing for eight months. However, it might take Bryant some time for him to return to the elite level we have all grown accustomed to. Bryant is not the only Laker with injury concerns and the current struggles for the Lakers should not be solely blamed on Bryant.
Wilkins suffered an Achilles injury during his career and was able to return and continue to be effective. He received the NBA’s Comeback Player of Year and was the second leading scorer in the NBA behind Michael Jordan after he recovered from his Achilles injury.
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