Why Kobe Bryant Is the 1 NBA Superstar You Can Never Bet Against

Betting against Kobe Bryant is one wager you never want to lay down. Even now.

There is an innate tendency to idealize the past, to become engulfed in what once was and not what currently is. Proponents of Kobe's demise will point to that disposition as a stubborn delusion. They'll say there's no way he can come back from a ruptured Achilles because he's not the Kobe he used to be. He's older, more fragile. It's not going to happen.

The Los Angeles Lakers star himself has expressed doubt as to whether he can thwart time and bodily limitations again, but that uncertainty is drowned out by the determination he still exudes.

“As I sit here with you now, I’m telling you now I’ll come back 100 percent,” Bryant said in a recent appearance in China, according to the Los Angeles Daily News' Mark Medina. “But I don’t know if I’m sure. I have moments and days where I doubt myself.”

Though Kobe may not be in a position to assure fans, pundits and cynics of what comes next everyday, we need to understand that, no matter the circumstances, a bet against Kobe is a gamble not worth taking.


He May Have Found a Fountain of Youth

Age is an enemy of professional athletes, and it's one that always prevails. Players can't play on forever and Kobe is no exception. But he may be the next best thing.

Misconceptions rippled through the basketball world when Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported Kobe had flown to Germany for a session of platelet-rich plasma therapy on his right knee. His airborne hike came just after he was seen jogging and shooting in practice, so his sudden departure couldn't be a good thing.

Unlike others, Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding preached optimism, acknowledging that the time of his Orthokine therapy was designed to give Kobe an edge:

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