Kobe Bryant began walking on his surgically repaired left heel three weeks ago, but because our man knows timing (both on the day of Game 7 of the NBA Finals; and on the day Instagram released a video program set to compete with Vine), he’s decided to release clips of him walking inside a hospital from June 1.
If Kobe is walking on the 1st of June, this means there will be a slim chance that Our Favorite Kobester can return in time for the opening of the 2013-14 season around the same day in November. Kobe tore his Achilles in the second week of April, but he vowed right away that he would do whatever it took to cut the 6-8 month rehab designation down quite a bit, if possible. Mainly because he’s Kobe Bryant, and this is what he does.
In lighter news, Bryant barely hesitated on Thursday in giving his list of the five greatest players in NBA history, and it’s hard to argue with Kobe’s take.
“It’s not very difficult for me. I’d go Magic, Jordan, Bird, Russell and Jabbar.
“I will say as the years go on people really forget how great Larry Bird was,” Bryant said. “He was ridiculous. And I grew up in LA — just like everyone else here — hating his guts. Dude — the guy was just money.”
Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, and Jerry West (the man that traded for Kobe Bryant out of high school back in 1996) may raise a rightful hackle, but it’s hard to not only take issue with that list, or think of a more impactful starting five.
We’ll see you in the fall, Kobe. Try to bring Dwight Howard back with you.