A healthy Kobe goes a long way to make it 6 rings next June.
Kobe Bryant’s healthy return from knee surgery.
This is my No. 1 reason to be thankful for because everything starts and stops with Kobe. He is the difference between the Lakers being really good and great.
And Kobe healthy and at the top of the best player list is also the difference come playoff time. A full strength Kobe puts the Lakers over the top against any opponent. An injured Kobe might still be an All-Star but, come playoffs, not so good.
Any diehard Lakers fan can tell you they felt a pulse of relief as this November has ticked by. Each game meant Kobe becoming healthier and healthier. We should all exhale in unison on him returning to top form.
Actually, he will return to be better than last year because he played most of last season, especially the playoffs, with the bad knee and still won the title.
But he’s a gladiator and pushed through. However, I’d rather have him healthy and on top of his game, than bring that warrior mentality to each regular season game. And forget all the "old" talk. He's far from that and far from done. Keep underestimating him. I don't, but he loves it when everyone else doubts him.
Welcome back, Mr. 81. We've all got a lot to be thankful for.
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