What should we expect from Kobe Bryant this new season?

Randy Mann | Randy Mann ( Tue 18th, August 2015 )

Is there really enough left in Kobe Bryant's tank to make it through a whole new season and take us back in time a few years? Here's what we should probably expect from on of the best players ever for the new season.

For many, Kobe Bryant was the only one to ever come close to Michael Jordan's G.O.A.T. title in the NBA a few years ago, when he was shining with the Lakers at the young age of 24-25; he won three consecutive NBA rings with the Lakers at that time, and then he won two more, back to back in 2009 and 2010, taking home the NBA Finals MVP trophy as well in those last two championship runs. Kobe was the league's scoring champ in 2006 and 2007, and he was the league's most valuable player in 2008, among many other distinctions he has rightfully earned during his 19 year career, all with the Lakers. At that time, serious questions aroused, as of Bryant's similarities to "his Airness"; championships won, scoring statistics, personal achievements, style of play and many other things. Of course, in 2009, at 31, everyone expected Lakers' #24 to catch up to Jordan's 6 titles, and even go beyond. However, by that time there was already a new icon in the league, LeBron James, and since then, he's the one who has been stealing the attention and making it to the finals instead of Kobe, and now he is the one being compared to the best, and considered among the candidates to G.O.A.T. as well. Kobe's legacy is undeniable, and he will be remembered as one of the greatest in the game without a doubt, but for the past couple of seasons, his body has been announcing what his heart and mind don't want to hear... it's over. And we're not only talking about him as an individual, great veterans have shined in different circumstances, despite their physical limitations at the end of their careers, but when the have been backed up by a solid team, with real championship aspirations. The Lakers can't offer that at the moment, and Kobe's injuries will not allow him to make a real final run for the ring this year. It's understandable of course, that a player with such an amazing career does not want to just call it quits after barely seeing action in the past two years thanks to different injuries; in his mind he still has a lot to give, and a whole different picture to say good bye, taking that final shot, fighting to his last breath against the best of the best. And we all want to see that, he deserves it, it's just probably not going to happen. At best, if he manages to stay healthy, we will be able to witness, maybe, a few more of his great scoring nights, but in reality, the best that the Lakers can expect from him, is for him to tutor the team's new young talents that just arrived, and pass on his experience and advice before he retires. We really do hope he stays healthy and gets to push his Lakers to something bigger and better before he actually is forced to say goodbye, and if you're a real sports fan, you will be expecting those great nights every single time he steps out on the court at Staples Center and everywhere else he goes this season, secretly hoping for one of those epic stories. The truth though, might not be as promising. For now, we'll have to wait and see.

Randy Mann

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