Will Kobe Walk Away From Game After Latest Injury?

Pending a second opinion, it looks like Lakers’ star guard Kobe Bryant will be lost for the season for the third straight year after tearing the rotator cuff in his right shoulder. The injury took place in the Lakers’ 96-80 loss to the Pelicans on Wednesday night, but Kobe did go back in the game and clearly looked injured.

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Although a person can play with a partially torn rotator cuff, is it in the best interest of the Lakers? I say no.

The Lakers currently sit in last place in the Pacific at 12-31 and are 14 games out of the final Western conference playoff spot. And this is WITH Kobe playing.

Why risk further injuring Bryant to make the team more competitive? The Lakers will more than likely have a top draft pick this June. Pairing this draft pick with 2014 top pick Julius Randle, Swaggy P, and Bryant could allow the Lakers to attract a top free agent or two for next season which is rumored to be the last for the Black Mamba.

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Bryant will turn 37 in August. His last three seasons have ended with a torn Achilles tendon, a lateral fracture in his left knee, and a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder, respectively. Does he really want to put himself though another surgery and a grueling rehab schedule to play one last season?

In December, Bryant passed Michael Jordan for third place on the all-time scoring list. Is this enough for Bryant to walk away from  the game knowing he is ahead of the player he has been compared to the most throughout is career? I highly doubt it.

We all know Jordan liked to do things his way retiring twice from the Chicago Bulls before his competitive fire caused him to make a comeback three years later with the Washington Wizards at age 38.

The competitive fire in Bryant has been compared to that of Jordan. Having followed Bryant’s entire career, I believe ending his career due to an injury is not in his nature.

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Like Jordan, Bryant loves challenges and truly believes he can carry a team on his back if he has halfway decent talent around him.

Fans should expect to see Bryant speaking behind closed doors with general manager Mitch Kupchak in hopes of getting more talent around him for one last fast break next season.

And that’s…as I see it!

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