Kobe Bryant is confident he can round into form this season following his devastating Achilles injury last April. He even planned on being ready for opening night, but at this time that seems unlikely. Although the prognostication is that Kobe will return early in the season, it remains to be seen how effective he will be.
Lakers great, and the NBA's all-time scoring leader, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, thinks Bryant will return a shade of himself this season. Even though they lost Dwight Howard, and KB24 is coming off a major injury, there is still hope in Lakerland that they can have a productive season, but Kareem doesn't see it that way. Jabbar calls this year a "rebuilding year" for the Lakers, and questions how this season, and Kobe's injury, will impact the franchise long-term.
“It's a rebuilding year for them because Kobe has been hurting and he has a very devastating type of injury," Abdul-Jabbar said in a recorded interview that aired Thursday on CBS Sports Radio's morning show with Tiki Barber, Brandon Tierney and Dana Jacobson. "I don't think he will be able to come back as quickly and completely as he would like. It's gonna be tough on the Lakers this year." [...]
"When Kobe does come back, it's gonna be a different Kobe and that will definitely effect the outcome for the Lakers long-term," Abdul-Jabbar said. "… It's gonna be a test for him this year, absolutely.”