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Kobe's knee at only 60% right now

Posted on: October 4, 2010 10:20 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 10:47 am
Bryant tells reporter knee is only 60% just three weeks from the start of the season.
Posted by Matt Moore

We're not going to waste your time with recapping the first preseason game of the season. Long story short, lots of reserves, not much of starters, and Michael Beasley looked good. What was relevant came for six minutes and then afterwards. That six minutes was the total amount of time Kobe Bryant spent on the floor. More important was what he said afterword, as reported on Twitter by Mike Trudell of .
Kobe said his knee was "extremely, extremely painful during the NBA Finals." Said he feels better, but is at about "60%" tonight.
  60%. Yikes. We're three weeks from the start of the season and the defending Finals MVP, the best player on the defending champions is 60%. That's got to be concerning, until you realize that the Lakers could literallly lose all of their games for the first month, and then still probably make the playoffs. If any team defines "the switch" outside of Boston, it's LA. Bryant was frustrated and disappointed he couldn't play more tonight , especially with the fans chanting for him, but the knee just couldn't go. It's a testament to his dedication that he wanted to play that much in a preseason game... in Europe. But that's what we've seen from Bryant.

For now, we'll hold off concern, even though being just over 50% three weeks out has to put just a few flags up. This is an important season for the Lakers, obviously, but it may be the most important. It's Phil Jackson's final year, Bryant's knees won't last forever, Gasol's getting older, and the competition keeps getting tougher in the West and out. With Andrew Bynum out till December, it looks like we won't be seeing the Lakers full strength for quite some time. I'm sure their fans are fine with that as long as they're still sterling in May.

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2010 11:40 pm

Kobe's knee at only 60% right now

This is the money quote:

That's got to be concerning, until you realize that the Lakers could literallly lose all of their games for the first month, and then still probably make the playoffs. If any team defines "the switch" outside of Boston, it's LA. 

Outside of the fact that it is the Lakers, not the Celtics that really defines the switch (anyone else remember the Shaq-Kobe Lakers and their habit of sleep-walking through the regular season during the first three-peat?), this is really the only point that matters, and Mr. Moore got it exactly right. 

Los Angeles is a veteran, experienced team. This particular nucleus has won the last two NBA championships, and if they don't know by now what it takes to hoist the O'Brien Trophy, hey never will. They know that they are going into the season less than 100 percent, since they will not have their starting center for at least the first two months of the season and Kobe is likely to do a lot more coasting this year than we've seen in the past. That is especially true if he is being honest about hi knee's condition - which is not a given since these guys all tend to go for any psychological advantage they can get. if the Lakers' opponents are not expecting Kobe to be at his best, he has an advantage. However, assuming Kobe is telling the truth, then LA s going to be leaning on Pau Gasol, Ron Artest and that new and improved bench of theirs a lot more during the early days of the season. I expect LA to do precisely what the Celtics did this past season - aim to be healthy in time for the playoffs. And if they don't have home court, I cannot think of any other team in the League to whom that lack will mean less. Again, they are experienced and veteran - they know how to win on the road.

Ultimately, this whole story comes down to restating the obvious - Kobe is not completely healthy. We already knew that - we simply didn't know how unhealthy he was. Now we know that Kobe thinks he is only about 60 percent. Well, he has several months to get himself into shape before the money season begins. And it is that second season that i the only one that really matters to LA. Miami will probably be shooting to win seventy games. PLaying in he East, they might make it. But LA is shooting for that Championship Number Seventeen, and the number of games they win in the regular season is far less important than winning sixteen games in the postseason. For the Lakers, it's all about getting Banner Number Seventeen. And I fully expect Kobe Bryant to be ready and focused when June rolls around. The Lakers may or may not be good enough to get past whomever emerges from the East. But they'll be ready. Seriously, barring some unforeseen circumstance, I cannot see any other Western team dethroning them this season. 2011-2012? Different story. But for 2010-2011, the Lakers have to be considered the favorites - at least of the West and until someone gets past them in a seven-game series, they remain the team to beat in the entire League. 

Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2010 11:17 pm

Kobe's knee at only 60% right now

themaster, you have no clue what you're talking about.  kobe alone probably has more rings than the entire miami heat roster combined.  so until they at least win a championship, then the heat aren't the kings of anything

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2010 10:58 pm

Kobe's knee at only 60% right now

 How do they come up with these numbers?

How do I feel today???.... 45% today.  What's the logic behind that?

Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: October 4, 2010 10:56 pm

The Excuses Coming From Kobe Already

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p;    The excuses are coming from kobe already. He and the lakers got lucky with the Celtics. But they wont be as lucky with the Heat. Didn't koke just claim he could take James 1 on 1. H-ll if he is throwing brick when playing the Celtic's he cant beat Riley 1 on 1. Fisher bailed him out in the finales. He has to pray that Fisher will bail his brick throwing AZZ again. Kobe make all the excuses you want. The Heat are coming and they are bring H-LL with them. So make all the excuse you want. Your run as the imposter king is OVER. The Heat are the new kings of the NBA except it kobe, you are now old new.

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