The Los Angeles Lakers don’t know what they are going to get out of their 2013-14 season, other than a lot of questions about injured star Kobe Bryant. On Tuesday we got the latest non-commital, unclear answer in what will be a series of denials, votes of confidence, and diversion tactics that would make any politician swell with pride.
Lakers spokesperson John Black told the LA Times Tuesday that
He’s progressing well and has met all the targets and milestones of his rehab, and we expect him to make a full recovery
Maybe no one told Lakers long-time spokesman John Black, but Kobe did not suffer a gun-shot wound or car accident in the final games of the regular season (thankfully). He was sniped by an Achilles injury.
One of the key issues is to make sure he builds up strength and endurance not only in his Achilles but also in his legs, knees, back and core.
So John Black did know it was an Achilles injury. That settles that.
But in another statement lost in the shuffle John Black must have announced he is taking over for Lakers trainer Gary Vitti, or taking Physical Therapy classes from the University of Phoenix. These ‘specifics’ of what Kobe needs to rehab, are just filling newspaper columns and garnering page views on blogs such as this (Thank you John Black and LA Sports Hubsters!)
John Black “Expects him [Kobe] to make a full recovery.” One thing that we’ve learned from Kobe over the years is he never achieves what we expect. He always exceeds it. He will be at the level he wants to be at during this season. He shouldn’t be there when training camp opens September 28th.
What I am more concerned with is the growth the rest of the team makes without Kobe. It can’t just be survival mode until Kobe returns in his purple and gold cape to save the team. This Lakers squad needs to find an identity before Kobe returns for their sake and, if he deserves it, Mike D’Antoni’s job.