Bold Predictions for Kobe Bryant’s 2014-15 Season

Entering the 2014-15 NBA season, nobody knows exactly what to expect out of Kobe Bryant. At 36 years old, he's preparing for his 19th year in the Association. And coming off two season-ending injuries, it's tough to project what kind of player we'll see when he finally makes his impending return. 

We do, however, know one thing about The Mamba.

You can never count him out.

Although Bryant's comeback in 2013-14 was both short-lived and underwhelming, the veteran has made a career out of proving people wrong. In fact, he's a rare breed who actually excels when detractors are at their loudest.

Will Bryant be the best 2-guard in the game, as he was for so many years? Not likely. 

Will he average 35.4 points per contest, as he did during his incredible 2005-06 campaign? Not a chance.

While predictions like those would be bold, they're hardly realistic. Bryant has to prove he's still an elite player. But with what we know about his drive and determination, there are a few things we can project that are ambitious without being completely unreasonable.

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