Kobe Bryant has had a recent resurgence. After starting the season as one of the lesser performing players in the entire league, he has strung together two weeks of plus-play, improving his efficiency in every aspect of his game and looking more the part of Kobe Bryant. This was summed up well by a tweet from ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh before Wednesday’s loss to the Thunder:
Kobe's PER first 17 games: 9.1? Kobe's PER last 7 games: 25.9 ?
— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) December 23, 2015
The depths of his early season play put into question whether a stretch like this was even possible, much less if it would actually come. As the saying goes, sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is a train and it looked very much like #24 was on the verge of being flattened by a locomotive powered by father time.
This recovery, then, has been a great site to see. And based on what has gone into getting his body to the point where he could play at the level he has been recently, it’s also apropos to use the term recovery.
As detailed in Baxter Holmes’ most recent piece for ESPN, Kobe has enlisted a small army of physical therapists — both under his own employment and from the Lakers’ staff — to work on every part of his body to ensure he is ready to play each day. The entire article is great and well worth your time, but below are a few passages which stood out to me.