Can Notorious Control Freak Kobe Bryant Finally Let Go?

Kobe Bryant has been the Los Angeles Lakers' dominant personality throughout most of his career, and it is fair to wonder if he can accept anything less.

The former league MVP suffered an Achilles tear late in the 2012-13 campaign and was expected to miss somewhere between six and nine months. Ownership suggested that Bryant could potentially be ready in time for the 2013-14 preseason, but that ship has essentially sailed.

At present time, some are speculating that the four-time All-Star Game MVP will return right around Thanksgiving. It stands to reason that Bryant will need time to adjust to the speed of the game, and furthermore, he will need time to cope with his physical limitations.

Consequently, the five-time champion will spend parts of 2013-14 operating at less than full strength.  

In dealing with the numerous injuries he has previously encountered, Bryant has made a multitude of adjustments to continue playing at a high level. However, the Achilles rupture he suffered is arguably the worst health issue he has been forced to tackle. Hence, his patience will be tested like never before.

Prior to rejoining his teammates on the hardwood, the two-time finals MVP will watch the Lakers play without him and develop some chemistry in his absence.

The Purple and Gold will grow accustomed to playing without their superstar 2-guard. Nick Young will become comfortable as one of the main cogs in the offense, and Steve Nash will hold the keys to the Lakers offense.

Upon his return, Bryant will change the dynamic of the team by fully immersing himself into the offense. Consider this little tidbit: Since the departure of Shaquille O'Neal during the 2004 offseason, Bryant has finished at least in the top four every year in usage percentage.

In addition, on three separate occasions, he has led the NBA in this particular category. In other ...

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