Never mind the fact that I specialize in basic research, not actual patient prognosis.
Still, the folks over in Laker land asked Dr. JRS to make a Medical determination as to whether or not Kobe Bryant would be able to recover in a timely fashion from his sprained ankle (sustained towards the end of game 4 of the Lakers/Hornets series).
Further, they were concerned whether this injury, which forced kobe to leave New Orleans on crutches, would take anything away from his game, limit his effectiveness, and ultimately impede another Laker championship run.
Understanding their concern and the urgency of the matter, I told them I would be as thorough as possible with my examination.
Materials and Methods:
One of the biggest things in scientific methodology, be it experimentation or analysis, is to have proper controls. Therefore, to make my assessment, I analyzed Kobe before the ankle injury, and then Kobe after the ankle injury.
Before the injury, Game 2:
Altogether very impressive.
Okay, now after the injury, Game 5:
Well, not sure if my results are correct.
Let's take a look at an independent field.
After the injury, Game 5:
No, my initial results were right.
It seems as if the ankle injury has actually enhanced Kobe's game.
This is certainly a rarity.
Although, it should be noted adversity due to injury/sickness was shown to augment the performance of another supreme baller on a previous occasion (i.e, Michael Jordan dropping 38 in the Finals with Flu-like symptoms).
Dr. JRS prognosis for Kobe Bryant:
Fit to Play
Fit to do anything he wants
The Black Mamba is a bad man......
Dr. JRS wishes to thank Aaron Gray and Emeka Okafor for their gracious participation in before and after injury experiments, respectively. Without their kind contributions, this medical assessment would not have been possible.