Udonis Haslem hoping Kobe Bryant can 'finish his career on a positive note'
Kobe Bryant, who ruptured the Achilles tendon of his left leg on Friday, underwent surgery on Saturday and is now looking at a long recovery. Udonis Haslem faced a similar scenario in 2010 when he tore the Lisfranc ligament in his left foot. The injury required surgery and Haslem missed most of the seasn. He returned for the playoffs but didn't recover fully from the injury until the next season.
Speaking with The Herald on Saturday at an event in South Miami, Haslem said he's hopeful that Bryant will will make a full recovery and return to the court to finish his career on his own terms.
“He’s one of the greatest players to ever play the game and I hope he can make a recovery and finish his career on a positive note and pick his time to go and not let an injury be the deciding factor,” Haslem said. “[Rehabilitation] just takes a lot of hard work, a lot of dedication, a lot of prayer and as an athlete you always go through that thought process of are you ever going to be the same and when you do get back and you do get somewhat healthy, you got to get yourself back in the rhythm of playing the game of basketball.”