It has been just a few days that we commemorate Kobe Bryant’s 81 point outing against the Toronto Raptors way back in Jan.22, 2006. It was the most points scored by any NBA player since Wilt Chamberlain scored a 100 points decades ago.
Now eight years later, Kobe Bryant is struggling to keep up and will be having another season-ending injury (torn right rotator cuff) for two consecutive seasons.
With the Lakers dwelling in the bottom in the Western conference, it looks like Kobe’s career is coming to an end.
Father time, is slowly catching up and at 36 years old with a lot of mileage, the elusive NBA championship seemed anything but “elusive”.
Kobe is one of NBA’s greatest players, his work ethic if not superior is closed to maniacal. His drive to achieve has always been his motivation. Being in a worst team, and two season-ending injuries, can’t make Bryant quit. Throughout his career, this would be his biggest hurdle and if he succeeds, this would immortalize his name. After surpassing Michael Jordan’s third place on the NBA’s top scoring list, just behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (second) and Karl Malone (First), Kobe wants a fitting ending to his career – winning an NBA championship (6 to tie with Michael Jordan) coming from injuries and playing with an injury plagued roster.
A lot have tried but nobody was successful. Even Michael Jordan who retired and went back playing, only got as far as the playoffs with the Washington Wizards. We all doubt in Kobe winning another championship. Basketball has evolved into a scientific type of sport. Isolation plays like what Allen Iverson used to do, doesn’t thrive anymore. Teams have used statistics and player tendencies into a different level. And with Kobe, he needs a good system, a good set of teammates and a healthy body to get back into the championship rounds. This is what drives Kobe to move on…
Impossible? Way back in 2006, with a much improved basketball system (3 second-rule, 3 point shot, zone defense and replays) we thought scoring 81 points was an impossible feat.
Impossible, is not in Kobe’s dictionary. If he fails, he will go down trying.
Nobody won a championship playing on two consecutive season-ending injuries and playing with one of the worst team in the NBA.
But nobody said that it can’t be done….
Not with Kobe Bryant.