Has Kobe Bryant Gained Weight This Offseason?

Tristan ThornburghSocial Media StaffJuly 3, 2014

via @Delblogo

A possibly unflattering photo of Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant has emerged—Internet: commence freak-out. 

Back in 2012, an image of Derek Jeter looking rather portly while recovering from an injury swept the Internet, and the media did not take it lightly, creating headlines like "DEREK EATER."

The 35-year-old Kobe is recovering from a knee injury, and this photo of him swimming shows what could be a few extra pounds around the waist that we haven't seen on the Black Mamba before.

Back in October, Kobe did joke that he needed to get back in shape.

Knowing Kobe's insane work ethic, this is more than likely a result of some poor lighting than anything else, but it's worth a look. What do you think—has Kobe gained some weight?