Abdul-Jabbar says LA Lakers to have “tough” season

kareem-abdul-jabbarWhile Vlade Divac has predicted that LA Lakers will win NBA title this season, another former Lakers center, legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar thinks otherwise.

Despite that Bryant appears to be making tremendous progress in his rehab, Abdul-Jabbar told CBS Sports Radio that Lakers to be in for a pretty rough season.

“It’s a rebuilding year for them because Kobe has been hurting and he has a very devastating type of injury,” he said. “I don’t think he will be able to come back as quickly and completely as he would like. It’s gonna be tough on the Lakers this year.”

“When Kobe does come back, it’s gonna be a different Kobe and that will definitely effect the outcome for the Lakers long-term. … It’s gonna be a test for him this year, absolutely,” Abdul-Jabbar said.

Lakers executive Jim Buss said that he expects Bryant to be ready for the start of the season, but that could be wishful thinking.

The reality of the situation is that Kobe is 35 years old and coming off a major injury. He was going to start slowing down at some point anyway. The injury will probably accelerate that process.

The Lakers also lost Dwight Howard via free agency, so they have plenty of obstacles to overcome. They’d surprise plenty of people if they emerged as a championship contender.


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