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Kobe Bryant has played through some serious injuries over the past few years. Last year, Kobe suffered through injuries to his ankle, right index finger, and right knee.
While having to refigure his jump shot with a broken finger and getting his knee drained, Kobe put up an amazing playoff line of 29.2 PPG, 6.0 RPG, and 5.5 APG.
These are truly Jordan-like numbers, except Michael Jordan never had to deal with similar issues in title runs.
Imagine what Kobe would have averaged without these nagging injuries. When healthy, Kobe Bryant is the best player in the world.
The question is: how healthy will Kobe be this year?
On Saturday, Kobe completed just his second complete practice of the preseason.
Coach Jackson said there’s a chance Kobe could play about 10-15 minutes in each of the international games played in London and Barcelona.
Phil Jackson is smart enough not to push him too hard in the preseason.
With Kobe Bryant resting up this past summer, all indications seem that Kobe should be ready to go by the beginning of the season.
So Lakers fans, rest assured. And look for Kobe to have an extra chip on his shoulder after all the critics have proclaimed that he is too old and has too much mileage on his legs.