Kobe Bryant will make assessment

Updated: November 20, 2013, 1:59 AM ET
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- From this point on, Kobe Bryant's biggest strength will be his ability to assess his weaknesses.

He's entering the final stages of his recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon, and was visibly buoyed by his first full practice of the season Tuesday. "Felt like it was '97 again," he said.

Except the calendar says it's 2013. And it's the ability to acknowledge the toll the 17 NBA seasons -- in addition to this major injury -- have exacted that will determine his ...

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