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Kobe Bryant of the L.A. Lakers
Kobe Bryant has appeared in a mere six games during the first half of the season because of an Achilles tear and a fractured knee. Still, the future of Hall of Fame guard will be back this year.
Bryant will likely rejoin the Lakers around the All-Star break and slowly play himself back into shape. One has to believe that he will regain his elite status because that’s how he has dealt with every previous injury.
The former league MVP has conquered every challenge thrown his way during his career, and he will likely continue to do so. Although it may take some time for Bryant to regain his previous form, 2013-14 will serve as his platform to get there.
What’s more, Bryant must demonstrate he can play at a high level this season because the Lakers will be looking to sign a big free agent in the summer.
A washed-up Bryant would not help one bit in this endeavor. Mind you, a stud 2-guard makes it easier for a big name to join the franchise with the hope of competing for postseason appearances and titles.