I'd like to get something off my chest. I'd like to say it without a horde of purple-and-gold-bedecked Lakers fans clubbing me to death.
I won't be disappointed if Kobe Bryant doesn't suit up for the Lakers' opening night game on Oct. 29. I won't be surprised, either. I might even be pleased.
None of that has anything to do with any feelings I have toward Bryant's team, or Bryant himself. In fact, my statement stems more from the fact that I'd like to see one of the greatest players of this generation come back, and I'd like to see it happen responsibly and sustainably.
I know, I know. I've probably lost you by now. You're probably all assembling your horde and heading my direction, but hear me out. (This will be my refrain as you come for me, to silence my dissenting keyboard.)
I'm just being healthily skeptical. I'm thinking about Bryant's wellbeing and the relative lack of importance of a few games, or even of a few months of games. I'm thinking that it would be great to see...