Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant are friends and former Olympic teammates.
Some speculate they could be future teammates in the NBA.
So Anthony empathized with the latest setback for Bryant, which will cause him to miss six weeks with a left knee fracture.
“It’s sad, man. I mean, my brother, man, he went down again,” Anthony said Friday. “I know how hard he worked to get back so hopefully this will make him that much more better. You can’t train for an injury. You can’t prevent an injury. It was a freak accident, just a sad situation to see him come back from one injury and gotta deal with another.”
Amar’e Stoudemire, who has had his own knee issues with three surgeries in a 10-month span, said it will be tough for Bryant, 35, to come all the way back.
“It’s gonna be tough,” Stoudemire said. “I think at that age, playing 19 years in this league, I think it’s a little bit more strenuous on the body at that age. Again, it’s a matter of work ethic, it’s a matter of how you treat your body as far as nutrition, and see if you can bounce back from that.”
For his part, Bryant told Yahoo! Sports that no one should doubt his resolve to come all the way back.
“Only an idiot would,” he said..
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.