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Report: Kobe Bryant could miss entire Lakers preseason

Sep 16, 2013, 10:41 PM EDT

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We’ve been bringing you report after report from around the Lakers and Kobe Bryant himself where everyone says he ahead of schedule and doing well in his recover from Achilles tendon surgery — but nobody will put an official timeline on it. Kobe said he doesn’t know if he will be ready to go when the season starts.

Now comes another report he is still doing well but this one comes with a more realistic timeline — he may miss the entire Lakers preseason slate.

That comes from Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.

“He’s progressing well and has met all the targets and milestones of his rehab, and we expect him to make a full recovery,” Lakers spokesman John Black told The Times on Monday. “One of the key issues is to make sure he builds up strength and endurance not only in his Achilles but also in his legs, knees, back and core.”

Bryant’s initial timetable called for at least six to nine months of recovery after he was injured April 12 against Golden State. The more optimistic part would put him in play for two Lakers exhibition games in China next month, though Bryant is expected to miss the Lakers’ entire eight-game preseason schedule that ends Oct. 25.

The Lakers open the season Oct. 29 against the Clippers at Staples Center (the front end of a back-to-back where they travel up to Golden State).

Kobe is still not running with his full weight on his legs (he is doing his workouts on an anti-gravity machine), and until he is the Lakers’ Black said they are not going to look at timetables. Which makes sense because after that still comes all the steps of running and cutting that comes with being in a basketball game.

The Lakers don’t want to rush Kobe back — and Kobe shouldn’t rush himself back faster than his body wants to go. If he wants to play a few more years (as he now says he does) he needs to get right, not rush it and risk setbacks. Few athletes are as in tune with their body as Kobe yet few will push themselves like he will, there is a balance to be struck there.

Honestly, is this a Lakers roster worth risking himself to race back for? That’s not how Kobe thinks, but this is not a title year for the Lakers so he should make sure he is right for the ones that could potentially be down the line.

  1. adoombray - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Kobe will be out till Christmas, science > willpower

  2. mikejr80 - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    I wouldn’t risk playing him. I don’t he needs it. Well not many games

  3. antistratfordian - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    “The Lakers open the season Oct. 29 against the Clippers at Staples Center…”

    Whoa… that’s just right around the corner! Time really flies when you’re celebrating a championship!

    • 00maltliquor - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:08 AM

      LOL act like you’ve been there before.

  4. soundsofsuccess7 - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    .. That’s fine. Who cares..

  5. money2long - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    oh no , preseason

  6. sportsfan18 - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Kobe has said he plays for championships…

    Even a Kobe at his level last yr or even a bit better won’t get the Lakers within sniffing distance of the championship this yr… so why is he playing?

    • wkl21 - Sep 17, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      i agree he’s never getting number 6 (not with the Lakers).

  7. chargerdillon - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    You guys need to face reality, Kobe is never going to be what he once was. I’m a Kobe diehard, but the man is old and getting older.

    Do you think Steve Nash is going to get younger? Kobe is no different. It’s time to face the facts that a new era needs to begin. Kobe isn’t going out like a champion in LA, but he will always be one of the best all time Lakers.

  8. brandyjflynn - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    I say that Kobe needs to utilize this time to get back to where he needs to be. The preseason is nothing to worry about. As long as he is ready when the regular season counts, the Lakers will be ok.

  9. 32magicman - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    He is playing for points. Trying to move up the all time scoring ladder is the real goal i think.

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:50 AM

      as awful as they’re going to be, it’s not a ludicrous goal. He can’t really be criticized for being selfish this upcoming year, in my opinion, because it’s just not going to matter either way.

    • asimonetti88 - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      Or maybe he likes playing basketball?

      And he probably also likes making $30 million too.

  10. 00maltliquor - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    Well color me shocked.

    I wouldn’t want him playing in the preseason anyways, I don’t care how good he claims to be feeling. I need him to get right 100%.

  11. lakerade - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    Riggin’ for Wiggins after all? Jokes aside, Kobe already said he was happy to lay back and let the young/new guys carry the load during the regular season. This falls in line with that, take the time to come back right and if there’s anything to play for late, he’ll be there. If not, then he didn’t rush for nothing.

  12. sellahh - Sep 17, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    Torn achilles? Miss preseason? Still back before DRose.
    OLD BUT GOLD

  13. shockexchange - Sep 17, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Horry Jr should wait until he’s 100% healthy. That way, there are no excuses when the Lakers don’t make the playoffs this season.

    • asimonetti88 - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      I’m confused.

      Half of the anti-Lakers crowd says the Lakers are going to miss the playoffs next year and it shows how bad Kobe is.

      The other half says he’s going to come back early and selfishly carry them to a first round exit and away from a much needed lottery pick.

      Which is it?

      • topdawg4ever - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        Does it matter?

    • musician0785 - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      You do realize that calling him Horry Jr. isnt clever or insghtful. It just shows how much of a troll your are, that you compare a guy who has started over 80 games only once in his 15 year career, a career role player, to a league mvp, finals mvp, and top 5 scorer all time. Its laughable….your the guy who’s trying to start a fad that no one wants to catch on..

      • 00maltliquor - Sep 17, 2013 at 8:00 PM

        THANK YOU!

    • musician0785 - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      You do realize that calling him Horry Jr. isnt clever or insghtful. It just shows how much of a troll you are, that you compare a guy who has started over 80 games only once in his 15 year career, a career role player, to a league mvp, finals mvp, and top 5 scorer all time. Its laughable….your the guy who’s trying to start a fad that no one wants to catch on..

      • 00maltliquor - Sep 17, 2013 at 8:01 PM

        The reply so nice, you had to say it twice!

  14. charlutes - Sep 17, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Oh no, not the pre-season. I wonder if Kobe forgets how to play basketball, what with no pre-season. I’d skip pre season every year if I was Kobe, or any fans still dumb enough to pay the ticket prices.

  15. wtfruthinkn - Sep 17, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Obviously he misses the preseason. He also misses November, then we’ll see. I say we see him before christmas, but definitely after thanksgiving.

  16. basketballbicker - Sep 19, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    This is no shocker. There was no chance Kobe would make it back by the preseason. Just an unrealistic expectation. His willpower won’t get him back on the court in a non-human time, but it will enable him to still be very effective.

  17. program33 - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Told ya media… We know about his strong will and ability to play in pain. But the man is still human. He will be out for a while. So kinda leave him alone and let him take his time. By the way I am not a big Kobe fan. Just a person with common sense that would like to see him or any person that sustains a serious injury heal safely and properly. I personally hopes that he doesn’t return until 2014.

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