The legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has warned global fans of the Los Angeles Lakers not to expect too much from them in the 2013-2014 season.
The former Lakers star told reporters the team would have a particularly tough time especially with their aging superstar Kobe Bryant returning from a serious injury. Fewer than six months ago Bryant suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon which is one of the most serious injuries in sport. Though he has been making great progress, Abdul-Jabbar said he did not believe that progress would be enough to facilitate his successful return.
“It’s a rebuilding year for them because Kobe has been hurting and he has a very devastating type of injury. I don’t think he will be able to come back as quickly and completely as he would like. It’s gonna be tough on the Lakers this year.
“When Kobe does come back, it’s gonna be a different Kobe and that will definitely effect the outcome for the Lakers long-term. . . . It’s gonna be a test for him this year, absolutely.” the legendary center stated.
Lakers executive Jim Buss said that he expected Bryant to be ready for the start of the season, but that could be wishful thinking. Kobe also recently posted a video of himself jumping off a 40-foot high dive platform.
The reality of the situation is that Kobe is 35 years old and coming off a major injury. Observers believe he was going to start slowing down at some point and the injury could accelerate that process.
The Lakers also lost Dwight Howard via free agency, and as a result they have plenty of obstacles to overcome. It would be a surprise if they emerged as a championship contender. (MSN/WG)