Kobe Bryant changed the avatar on his Twitter account Friday to “1225” and while we could speculate on whether or not that means he’s targeting a return date of Christmas Day against the Miami Heat from his torn Achilles injury the reality is it was likely done as a personal motivational tactic.

ESPN ranked all of the players in the league from 1-500 an exercise in futility that is arbitrary at best and like anything involving opinions clouded by personal biases. But it does generate a buzz of fan discussion in the weeks leading up to the start of the season and coming from the Worldwide Leader it garners plenty of attention from the players themselves.