The 2013-14 NBA season has officially come to an end for the Los Angeles Lakers with the franchise finishing with the worst record (27-55) in franchise history. With the season now in the team's rearview, the Lakers will attempt to rebound quickly this offseason with Kobe Bryant more motivated than ever. Kobe began an intense six-month training program on April 21 according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne:
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant began an intense six-month training program with an early-morning workout Monday, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.
It has been a rough ride for Bryant over the last two seasons going down with season-ending injuries consecutively. As if suffering the torn Achilles tendon at the end of last season wasn't enough to question how much longer Kobe could play at an elite level, the five-time NBA champion was only able to play six games this season before suffering a knee injury that would also sideline him for the rest of the year.
Fortunately, Bryant is as resilient as ever with the veteran shooting guard getting back to work on Monday at the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo. According to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, Bryant worked out for two hours with Wesley Johnson on the practice floor:
Upon returning to Los Angeles from a family trip to Europe, Kobe Bryant took the practice court at the team's facility at 7 a.m. for a two-hour basketball work out on Monday morning. According to team spokesman John Black, Bryant has "no restrictions other than what his body would limit him to do." The 18-year veteran can shoot, run and jump to whatever extent he so chooses.
With no limitations moving forward, Bryant will likely frequent the practice facility over the summer in order to get back to form. The frustration level is at an all-time high for Kobe at this point with the perennial All-Star knowing the end is near and being unable to help his team this season.