- Anthony Davis injury: 49ers tackle out vs. Seahawks
- UFC 181: 3 thoughts surrounding Robbie Lawler’s welterweight title win
- Hero World Challenge 2014: Tiger Woods’ short game fails with 2nd round 70
- Jim Harbaugh defends Colin Kaepernick’s press conference
- Tiger Woods returns, struggles to 77 at Hero World Challenge
- Pac-12 Championship Game tickets least expensive in 4 years
- MLB offseason 2014: Will Nelson Cruz be able to repeat his success?
- Kings’ Slava Voynov will face felony assault charge
- Tim Howard earns U.S. Male Soccer Athlete of the Year honor
- Is Robert Griffin III an NFL bust?
Lakers legend James worthy has questions about Kobe Bryant’s return
- Updated: September 18, 2013
As Kobe Bryant progresses along in rehab from his surgery in April that repaired his torn left Achilles, former Lakers great and Hall of Famer James Worthy still has some concerns with the 15-time All-Star, according to Mark Medina of the LA Daily News.
Worthy, who was a three-time NBA champion in his 12-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers and is currently a Time Warner Cable SportsNet analyst, in a recent interview with Medina discussed Bryant’s return this upcoming season and his questions about whether Bryant can adjust his aggressiveness to something more suitable to his health at this stage of his career.
“One of the biggest challenges for Kobe this year is, can he step back?” Worthy said. “He’s been in the league for 17 years, has a lot of miles on the body and has had a lot of injuries. Can he find a game that will allow other guys to flourish?”
Over the past month in several interviews Bryant has voiced uncertainty over his status for the season opener on Oct. 29 against the Los Angeles Clippers and it also has been reported that it is very likely that he will miss the entire eight-game preseason. Although ambiguity surrounds Bryant, who has yet to resume basketball-related activities in his rehabilitation, Worthy still believes that 17-year veteran will come back strong next season.
““Kobe is not a human being,” Worthy said. “He’s an alien. I think he will come back and play well.”
Also in this wide-ranging interview, Worthy discussed his expectations for the Lakers this season, which he believes that the team will finish fifth in the Western Conference behind the Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, and Oklahoma City Thunder. However he did describe the Lakers as a “dangerous team,” but he also does not have much confidence in the team reaching the NBA Finals or the Western Conference finals this upcoming season.
Photo Credit: Phil McCarten/Invision for Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/AP Images
Bob Garcia IV
Latest posts by Bob Garcia IV (see all)
- West Coast sports roundup, Week 50: Marcus Mariota wins Heisman, Kobe Bryant passes Michael Jordan - December 15, 2014
- Can Jim Buss bring the Lakers back to prominence? - December 14, 2014
- Kobe Bryant loses it at Lakers practice, calls out players as ‘soft’ - December 12, 2014