Post-Injury Kobe Bryant has to try to be pre-injury Kobe Bryant.
It would be favorable if Kobe Bryant had a chance to ease back into the team and accept a more supportive role. But the Lakers don't need that kind of Kobe Bryant; they need the one that's always ready to take over games. Mike D'Antoni constantly relied on Kobe, playing him for a crazy 45.2 minutes per game during a stretch in April. It was clear he was trying to rest the Lakers' playoff aspirations on Bryant, and that's a burden Kobe won't be able to carry as he's acclimating himself to the game with a now lesser skill set. Because he's who he is, Bryant will try to fulfill the Lakers' needs and make quite a few mistakes in the process. -Brian Josephs