Originally written on Lakerholicz.com  |  Last updated 8/20/14
Next season, the Los Angeles Lakers will only go as far as Kobe Bryant carries them. Yes, playing solid, team defense will be a big part of the Lakers’ success next season, though, as always, Bryant is the true wildcard, because when you have a healthy Kobe Bryant on your team, anything is possible. Therefore, Mitch Kupchak’s comments on the Black Mamba should be encouraging for fans of the purple and gold. According to Sports On Earth, who recently talked to Kupchak at the team’s training facility in El Segundo, the Lakers’ general manager is surprised at just how good the soon-to-be 36-year-old looks despite his advanced age (Kobe says he’s now 70 in basketball years) and his recent injury history. “My window overlooks the court, and he comes in to work out from time to time,” Kupchak said in the interview. “You would not know he’s in his mid-30s. You wouldn’t know he hurt his knee and had a torn Achilles. There’s no limp. He’s got a hop in his step. He’s working hard.” Kupchak also said that Bryant has been healthy since May, which means that the five-time NBA champion will have had five months to tune up his game before opening night in late October. Hopefully, whatever happens next season, the basketball gods will allow Bryant to stay healthy for the duration of the 2014-15 campaign. The basketball world desperately needs to see Kobe on the court once again, especially seeing as his days in the NBA are numbered. .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 300px; height: 250px; } @media(min-width: 500px) { .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 300px; height: 250px; } } @media(min-width: 800px) { .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 336px; height: 280px; } } The post Mitch Kupchak on Kobe Bryant: “You would not know he’s in his mid-30s, he’s got a hop in his step” appeared first on Lakerholicz.com.
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