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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

PPGRPGShooting pct.
Pre-injury26.27.046.9
Post-injury21.55.943.9

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

PPGRPGShooting pct.
Pre-injury 20.310.250.5
Post-injury 12.17.148.7

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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

PPGAPGShooting pct.
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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