By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
Kobe Bryant was at the Los Angeles Dodgers game on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers star, took in the New York Yankees and the Dodgers baseball game. He was seen walking without a limp by those in attendance.
With these new reports, it appears like Bryant could play on opening night. Earlier this month, Lakers executive Jim Buss suggested that he believes that Bryant could be ready for opening night.
There was speculation that Bryant would originally be out until February 2014, as he recovers from his injury. But, now, that may not be the case as he could be able to return in time for the entire season, starting late in October.
He has been recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon, which he injured in April. His recovery was thought to be six to nine months.
Once he will return, it is clear that he will have a chip on his shoulder. There were thoughts that this could be a career-ending injury, and there are experts, who say that Bryant will never be the same again.
In addition, Bryant would have another chip on his shoulder with the Dwight Howard situation. While many believe that Howard never wanted to be in Los Angeles – and live up to the pressure playing in Los Angeles – Bryant would want to show everybody that he could single-handily make the Lakers better than the Rockets in the standings.
Without Howard – and potentially Bryant, if he misses any time – so many people are picking the Lakers to be one of the worst teams in the Western Conference. But one thing is clear, no one can measure Bryant’s heart, and he could single-handily make the Lakers into a contender again, as he done before.
Bryant played in 78 games last season, averaging 27.3 points. He also averaged 5.6 rebounds and 6 assists per game.
He will be entering his 18th year with the Lakers in the 2013-14 season. So many players have declined in their 18th or older season, but time will tell if that will be the same with Bryant.
If Bryant is out any significant time, Jodie Meeks will start in his starting shooting guard position.