Kobe Bryant said he is unsure if his latest injury—a torn rotator cuff that has sidelined him for the rest of the season—will allow him to come back, but he wants to at least try.
“I don’t know if I can. I want to find out. I want to see,” Bryant told NBATV. “What I’m going to do is do what I always do: I’m going to break everything down to its smallest form, smallest detail, and go after it day by day. Just one day at a time.”
This is the third consecutive year Bryant has suffered a season-ending injury. He tore his Achilles’ tendon in 2013, had a knee injury last year, and this year it’s his shoulder.
Bryant used the San Antonio Spurs as an example of him wanting to return.
“I can’t say it is the end,” Bryant said. “I thought the Spurs were done 20 years ago. Those guys are still winning. So, to answer the question, I can’t say this is the end of my era because I thought their [era] was done and they’re still there. So I’m hoping I can have the same rebirth.”
Bryant, a 17-time all-star, passed Michael Jordan this year on the all-time points list and ranks third in NBA history with 32,482 points.