Happy Birthday to Kobe Bryant, who turns 37 today.
He’ll likely celebrate by only working out for five hours.
There are few rabbit holes deeper than the Kobe Bryant highlights list on YouTube, but to celebrate the Black Mamba’s 37th birthday we went down that hole and settled on NBA.com’s Top 10 plays from Kobe’s career. (While the video is a couple of years old, it still works very well.)
Kobe is nearing the end of his career, but he’s going to leave it on his terms. Or at least he’s going to try. He will be back on the court this season leading what fans and management hope are the next generation of Lakers’ stars — D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle — by showing them tough love and how to play the game with a high IQ. He will show them how to put in the work. He will show them what it means to be a Laker.
And he will still make some plays that just drop your jaw. Because that’s part of what Kobe does.
Kobe Bryant starts shooting again for the first time since season-ending shoulder surgery
Here’s some good news for Lakers fans: Kobe Bryant has taken a big step in his recovery from the right shoulder surgery that ended his 2014-15 season early. He posted a photo Saturday on his Instagram account of himself in the gym and revealed that he’s started shooting again.
Below the photo, he wrote:
First day back on the court shooting! Bout damn time!! #shoulderrecovery #20thseason @drinkbodyarmor #lakers
With over a month to go before training camp, Bryant being cleared to shoot is a good sign for his health when the season starts. It’s a good bet that this will be his final season, so hopefully he can stay relatively healthy.