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Kareem Believes Kobe will be a Different Kobe

Lakers_Kareem_Abdul_Jabaar_1Its one of the major story lines of this season: When will Kobe Bryant be back on the court for the Lakers? And once he is, how is a 35-year-old coming off an Achilles tendon rupture going to look?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says not to expect the same Kobe.

The NBAs all time leading scorer was on CBS Sports Radio Wednesday and talked about Kobes injury, as transcribed by Ken Berger at CBSSports.com.

Its a rebuilding year for them because Kobe has been hurting and he has a very devastating type of injury, Abdul-Jabbar said in a recorded interview that aired Thursday on CBS Sports Radios morning show with Tiki Barber, Brandon Tierney and Dana Jacobson. I dont think he will be able to come back as quickly and completely as he would like. Its gonna be tough on the Lakers this year.

When Kobe does come back, its gonna be a different Kobe and that will definitely effect the outcome for the Lakers long-term, Abdul-Jabbar said. Its gonna be a test for him this year, absolutely.


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