With an extra 14 weeks of rest over the summer, Bryant was able to go to Germany to undergo an innovative procedure on both his right knee and left ankle.
All indications thus far point towards the procedure being wildly successful, as Bryant appears to be moving around the court much better.
The added lift on his jump shot is noticeable, along with a renewed ability to get to the basket on a regular basis.
So with all the talk of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul being the new show in town, the reality of the situation may be that Kobe is indeed still the man in L.A.—at least until he says otherwise.
Now let's take a look at why...