Sometimes, science has to enter the equation.
It's lovely that Kobe Bryant appears to be superhuman at times. It's wonderful that he's too competitive to function like a normal human. It's great that he's still not ruling out returning on opening night, Oct. 29, from the fully ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered on April 12.
But up until now, the conversation has been too much the stuff of hopeful prognostications. Social media posts and interviews with Jimmy Kimmel do not a credible conversation make. Of course every player is different, and this is Kobe Bryant, after all, but he's just another person, just another glommed-together structure of muscle and tendon and bone. Science really does apply.
Lucky for us, the American Journal of Sports Medicine published a study in its August edition, titled "Performance Outcomes After Repair of Complete Achilles Tendon Ruptures in National Basketball Association Players." The study's authors Nirav ...