Before tearing his Achilles, Kobe Bryant was on pace for one of his best statistical seasons of his career, but now he must once again prove he can make the adjustments to maintain his elite level of play. Bryant has evolved throughout his career with the Los Angeles Lakers and will need to continue to transform his game after suffering such a serious injury according to Kevin Ding of the Bleacher Report on Dec. 3:
“For as awe-inspiring as he can be, more than revelation he is revolution. He wants more; he wants better. And for as determined as he is to fight for that cause, even more than revolution he is evolution.
That philosophy feeds Bryant’s confidence that he can always accomplish the unexpected, including what he now hopes will be a prolific comeback from this ruptured Achilles tendon."
Most don’t expect Bryant to be the same player after suffering a torn Achilles. Since suffering the injury, the critics and skeptics have been quick to state that Bryant will never be the player he once was.
However, Bryant feeds off that doubt and his work ethic is second to none. His ability to adapt and make adjustments every year is remarkable and this time should not be any different.
Bryant is on a mission to achieve the unexpected, to comeback and lead the Lakers to a few more title runs. He might have to evolve his game to do so, but no one has done that better than Bryant in league history.
Bryant's return to the floor may be coming sooner rather than later. Friday's game against the Sacramento Kings may be the target date for Bryant with many speculating he'll return on the road against the division rival.
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