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April 17, 2010 Memo Okur tore his Achilles I recall vividly my emotions that night and now how it relates to Lakers
I sat on the bus at the Pepsi Center realizing we as a franchise would never be the same and that we would likely never see Memo play again.
Both have turned out to be true and both likely will be the same for the Lakers.
No one is the tougher than Kobe but Memo was no slouch. He fought and fought and when he came back one leg was still dramatically bigger than the other. He moved differently than he did before and the impact on the rest of his body was that his back failed him. Really it was the Achilles
Billups has been similar the Achilles has "held up" but the rest of his body has caused him problems, his back, his groin, etc. It all comes back to the Achillies.
The history says you may come back, though most don't, but you will never be the same.
The Jazz franchise has never fully recovered. In the off-season the Jazz had to replace Boozer with some one or they would have been left with Fesenko and Millsap starting even though Memo was on the roster. The loss of Okur whose future with the Jazz was semmingly endless and his game looked to be perfect as he aged instead he is out of the league in two years.
The Lakers now have numerous decisions that will all stem back to Kobe and the knowledge that no matter how "Kobe" kobe is they have to be honest about his chances. Are they willing to pay huge lux tax if they are not a title contender. Do they break it down? Do they owe Kobe a team after he returns?
Will we see Kobe again. He is Kobe. He won't be the same and nor will the Lakers because this is the Achillies