Earlier in the week, ESPN’s NBA writer Marc Stein got the opportunity to speak with two NBA legends in Dominique Wilkins and Isiah Thomas.
During their conversation, the topic of Kobe Bryant came to the forefront and Marc asked both in regards to their thoughts about Kobe returning to full strength from his achilles injury.
As you might figure bother Nique and Zeke thought that Kobe could come back:
“If anybody can come back, Kobe can,” Wilkins says. “And I’ll tell you why I say that: He’s one of the most competitive guys that I’ve ever met. He’s one of those guys that competes on a level like Jordan, Bird and Magic. He has that type of tenacity, that type of attitude, where he’s not going to let anybody tell him what he can’t do. It all depends on the person, how determined and how dedicated you are on working and training to get it back the way it was.
Said Thomas: “Devastating is the correct word. It is a devastating injury. Had I come back and played, I’m sure it would have affected my speed, jumping ability, quickness and so forth and so on. I was older, so I had lost some of that anyway.
“But I would never bet against Kobe. Because what Kobe still has that I didn’t have at the end of my career is that hunger. When you listen to Kobe talk … you still hear and see a hunger that, frankly, I just didn’t have at that point.”
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