Can Kobe Bryant make it back from injury?

Kobe Bryant was hurt on April 12.

Mark J. Terrill/AP

Kobe Bryant was hurt on April 12.

How or if 34-year-old Kobe Bryant returns from his torn Achilles’ is unpredictable; history shows some stars who have taken different routes back from the injury, which is relatively rare among NBA players. Here are a players who represent scenarios Bryant could end up like:

The good: Dominique Wilkins

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Wilkins returned from the injury at age 33 to score a stunning 29.9 points per game, and he made two more All-Star Games as he faded into his late 30s.

The bad: Elton Brand

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Pre-injury 20.310.250.5


Despite being in his supposed prime athletic years at age 29, Brand never again would average as many points or rebounds as he did in even his worst pre-injury seasons.

The ugly: Isiah Thomas

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Pre-injury 19.26.945.2
Post injuryRetired**

Thomas made the All-Star game 12 out of his 13 years in the league, but multiple injuries, highlighted by the torn Achilles’ ended his run at age 32.

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