Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is widely regarded as one of the best conditioned athletes in all of professional sports. So when he himself proclaims that he’s fat and out of shape following Achilles surgery, it’s a bit of the norm from what NBA fans are accustomed to hearing:
“I’ve got to get my fat ass in shape,” Bryant joked Wednesday, as he spoke with the media. “Six months of eating whatever the hell I wanted to eat and not running, stuff like that. I’ve got to get in shape.”
Bryant, now 35, suffered what can be considered the most serious injury of his career at the end of last season, his 17th in the NBA. At the time of the injury Kobe was having one of his best seasons statistically but was also averaging close to 39 minutes per game, which is unheard of for a veteran who has been in the league as long as Bryant has. Something was bound to give.
Lakers fans are hoping Bryant can return by opening day in late October, but they should take Kobe’s message about his lack of conditioning into consideration. Although reports are saying that Kobe is back to running on his full body weight and Bryant says he will need roughly three weeks to get back in game shape, but a player seven months removed from Achilles surgery typically needs a little more time to fully get themselves back to form.
But this is Kobe Bryant we’re talking about here, one of the toughest and most determined players in history. As he’s proved time and again, you should never count him out.
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