Lakers legend James Worthy: Kobe Bryant is not human, he’s an alien

james-worthyAs Kobe Bryant  progresses along in rehab from his surgery in April that repaired his torn left Achilles, former Lakers great and Hall of Famer James Worthy still has some concerns with the 15-time All-Star, according LA Daily News.

Worthy, who was a three-time NBA champion in his 12-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers and is currently a Time Warner Cable SportsNet analyst, in a recent interview with Medina discussed Bryant’s return this upcoming season and his questions about whether Bryant can adjust his aggressiveness to something more suitable to his health at this stage of his career.

“One of the biggest challenges for Kobe this year is, can he step back?” Worthy said.

“He’s been in the league for 17 years, has a lot of miles on the body and has had a lot of injuries. Can he find a game that will allow other guys to flourish?”

Over the past month in several interviews Bryant has voiced uncertainty over his status for the season opener on Oct. 29 against the Los Angeles Clippers.

It also has been reported that it is very likely that he will miss the entire eight-game preseason. Although ambiguity surrounds Bryant, who has yet to resume basketball-related activities in his rehabilitation, Worthy still believes that 17-year veteran will come back strong next season.

“Kobe is not a human being,” Worthy said. “He’s an alien. I think he will come back and play well.”

Worthy also discussed his expectations for the Lakers this season, which he believes that the team will finish fifth in the Western Conference behind the Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, and Oklahoma City Thunder.

However he did describe the Lakers as a “dangerous team,” but he also does not have much confidence in the team reaching the NBA Finals or the Western Conference finals this upcoming season.

Worthy, a Hall of Famer and 7-time NBA All-Star, played all of his 12 NBA seasons with LA Lakers, winning 3 championships with the team (in 1985, 1987 and 1988).

Worthy is considered to be among the best forwards in history of the NBA, never averaging below double-figures in scoring during his entire career.

He averaged career-high 21.4 ppg for the team in 1990-91. He played in total of 926 NBA games (starting in 717), averaging 17.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 3.0 apg in 32.4 mpg.


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