Kobe Bryant Represents LA Lakers Fans’ Last Hope for 2013-14 Season

Just as it has for the past 17 years, the fate of the Los Angeles Lakers rests in the hands of Kobe Bean Bryant.

After suffering a devastating Achilles injury last April, the Mamba set forth on a legendary journey of healing that will culminate at some point in the very near future.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Bryant returned to practice on November 16th. Pau Gasol was impressed by some of the moves that Kobe showcased, while Jodie Meeks added that just his presence brought a noticeable change to the team.

On November 18th, Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding reported that Bryant has been given full clearance for all basketball related activities. While his return is inching closer and closer, it's important to keep in mind that his conditioning and level of comfort on the floor will be key factors as to when he comes back.

Even in Bryant’s absence, Mike D’Antoni’s Lakers have shown considerable improvements in chemistry after struggling for the majority of last season. However, with the decline of L.A.’s other stars more evident than ever, it’s time for Vino to save the day—just as he’s always done throughout his storied career.


Steve Nash is breaking down

He’s fourth all-time in assists, and leads all active players in the category by over two thousand dimes. While he’s a future Hall-of-Famer and one of the best guards in league history, Steve Nash is breaking down.

At 39 years old, Nash has been able to play in a handful of games this season, and has sat out the tail end of all back-to-backs that Los Angeles has had on the schedule.

It appears that every game, Nash comes away with a different injury. First his hamstring acted up, then it was a tweaked ankle and most recently—and perhaps most disconcerting—it’s an increasingly painful back ...

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