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A-Rod: Kobe considered retirement over knee

Posted on: February 27, 2012 12:01 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2012 12:07 pm
 
A-Rod says Kobe Bryant almost retired last summer. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez told reporters on Saturday night that Kobe Bryant almost retired because of the pain in his right knee, until he had the experimental procedure performed in Germany done, which he advised A-Rod to also have. From the Los Angeles Times
Yet, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez told reporters Saturday that Bryant told him the pain in his right knee and ankle felt so overwhelming that he considered retiring. That is, until an innovative procedure in Germany this off-season on both his right knee and left ankle fixed everything.

Bryant "was really adamant about how great the procedure was for him," Rodriguez told reporters. "I know that he was hurting before, almost even thinking about retirement, that's how much pain he was under. And then he said after he went to Germany he felt like a 27-year-old again. I was still a little apprehensive about it and he kept staying on me about it."
via A-Rod: Kobe Bryant considered retirement last season - latimes.com.

Can you imagine if Bryant had retired after last season? That his last moments on an NBA floor could have been the sweep from the Mavericks? Instead, the 33-year-old leads the league in scoring, and has scored over 30 points 13 times this season. The Lakers very much remain in position to contend for the West despite front-office turmoil and a disappointing perfromance from his supporting cast, and Bryant is a huge reason why. 

Bryant became the all-time leading scorer in All-Star Game history Sunday, and passed Shaquille O'Neal on the NBA regular season all-time scoring list earlier this year. In the past three years, he's played his way through torn ligaments in his finger and wrist, severe pain in his knee, twisted ankles, and a broken nose and concussion. The words you're looking for are "tough as nails." That we almost lost a giant in this game like that too early in his career is terrifying. Instead, Bryant looks prepared to light up the scoreboard for another half-decade or more, and has talked about wanting to play till he's 40.  

Let's be thankful we get a few more years of prime Bryant.
Comments

Since: Jan 14, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 8:52 am
 

A-Rod: Kobe considered retirement over knee

I hope he does leave it would be good for him and the LEAGUE.


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Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 1:10 am
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Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:21 pm
 

A-Rod: Kobe considered retirement over knee

Kobe will not be around for much longer. The window is closing.



Since: Aug 29, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:11 pm
 

A-Rod: Kobe considered retirement over knee

Exactly what do you consider to be prime?  I think every one including myself is surprised to see 33 year old Kobe playing at a high level coming off surgery.  Who cares how many times he shoots the ball?  Who do you want to see shoot the ball?  Steve Blake? maybe get Metta in there with some FG attempts.  Why be so ignorant to the fact that all great scorers in NBA history shoot the ball when they get the ball.  Hell, if I am thrown the ball more than once every possesion I am going to think about shooting the ball.  That is the Lakers system right now and as long as he keeps them in Playoff contention I don't think there is a Laker fan in the world that cares.  Even Michael Jordan was career 49% shooter almost every night 12 for 24 and a few free throws.  Kobe goes 12 for 26 and is still the best closer in the game.  Kobe is a career 45% shooter!  Everyone knows Jordan is still the best, Kobe just comes in second and is trying to match MJ's feats.  What is with the Kobe haters on CBS sometimes?



Since: Aug 29, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 1:48 pm
 

A-Rod: Kobe considered retirement over knee

He's been so good for so long and your gonna judge him off of one night? 



Since: Sep 5, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 1:33 pm
 

A-Rod: Kobe considered retirement over knee

a few more years of prime bryant? I really don't want a 'half decade' more of those 11-29 nights... an average of 42% shooting. thats not prime.


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