After missing the first 19 games of the regular season, Kobe Bryant made his season debut on December 8 against the Toronto Raptors. Since then, the Los Angeles Lakers are just 2-4.
While the Lakers lost much needed and winnable games, having a healthy Kobe will never disappoint. Although the future Hall of Famer has had an up and down season, Kobe will go back to being Kobe sooner than later.
With the injury of point guards Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar, L.A. currently is without a single point guard on the roster. As a result, Bryant has become the team's point guard, despite playing out of position.
While the Black Mamba has done an excellent job distributing the ball, his turnovers are increasing. Averaging a career high 6.8 assists, Kobe has successfully stepped in as the team's primary play maker.
However, the 15-time all-star has struggled taking care of the ball, averaging 6 turnovers per game. But this is understandable considering Kobe is now the primary ball handler with very little help in the backcourt.
Nonetheless, Farmar is expected to return very soon, and this will give the Lakers a true point guard they have been lacking for the past few games. Also, Blake was playing exceptionally well before going down with an injury, and he is reportedly returning in six weeks.
Although fans haven't seen the Kobe they're accustomed to, Vino should make steady improvement each game. People often forget that Kobe has just recovered from a difficult injury, and it will take some time for the superstar to reclaim his rhythm.
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