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Kobe Bryant still reportedly ‘a few weeks away’ from being able to run at 100 percent

Sep 20, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

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The report we received a few days ago regarding the progress Kobe Bryant is making in his rehabilitation from a torn Achilles injury stated that we shouldn’t expect to see him back at anytime during October’s preseason schedule.

The most recent update, which tells us that he’s still weeks away from being able to even run on his own power, should have us even less optimistic that he’d be ready to return by opening night.

From Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

Kobe Bryant continued his rehab on his surgically repaired left Achilles tendon, as expected, the latest involving running at 75 percent of his body weight on a treadmill. Lakers athletic trainer Gary Vitti expects Bryant remains a “few weeks away” before advancing to full-weight bearing running, though he acknowledged that’s a “nebulous term.” …

“He’s doing well and has had no setbacks,” Vitti said Thursday at his trainer’s office at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo in a wide-ranging interview with this newspaper. “There’s no projected date. He’ll be ready when he’s ready. Nobody has a crystal ball on this thing.”

Bryant must first complete full-weight bearing running drills before advancing to on-court basketball activities. Vitti offered no timetable on how long it would take for Bryant to complete each stage, let alone whether he will appear in the Lakers’ season opener Oct. 29 against the Clippers. It’s safe to pencil Bryant out of the beginning of Lakers’ training camp, beginning Sept. 28, though it’s not clear if he could play in at least the tail end of the Lakers’ eight-game preseason schedule that ends on Oct. 25.

Just doing even the most basic math here with the details included in these reports, there’s no way Bryant is back on the floor for the Lakers by the start of the season.

It was always an aggressive timetable, but the fact that Bryant still isn’t able to run by himself — and won’t be able to for another few weeks — would put a logical estimate on his return somewhere around a month into the regular season, at the very earliest.

  1. lakerade - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Christmas Day.

    • spthegr8 - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Slow and easy wins the race.!!! Kobe know’s his body and will do the right thing!!

      • therealhtj - Sep 20, 2013 at 6:45 PM

        Not that the Lakers have much of a shot anyway, but slow and easy pretty much takes them out of the race.

  2. kb2408 - Sep 20, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Kobe is still far ahead of where any other NBA player probably would be right now. The dude is a freak of nature. I said right after it happened that he’s going to pull an Adrian Peterson on the NBA. Well, he might not lead the league in scoring like A.P. led the NFL in rushing, but he will still average 25-5-5 on 45-48 fg%. AND the LAKERS “will” be in the playoffs.

    • skids003 - Sep 20, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      As long as he can keep heaving up his 40 shots a game and his shooting arm is OK, he’ll be there.

      • kb2408 - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:03 AM

        Five titles, universally acknowledged as one of the 15 greatest players ever, one of the top scorers in NBA history, league MVP, second highest scoring game ever, first ballot HOF’er, arguably the greatest LAKER ever…..shall I go on?

      • asimonetti88 - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        If he heaves up 40 shots and the Lakers win, I’m happy.

    • Jonathan Fleming - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      Right on I agree, he’s a beast, I could never bet against someone that works that hard!

  3. wfon1 - Sep 20, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Let it go. No rush No rush!

  4. gameisours - Sep 20, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    Even if it’s one or two months in after season starts, it is still amazing how fast he will recover for an 35 (?) yo

    • abchome - Sep 20, 2013 at 6:25 AM

      The typical recovery time is said to be 6 to 9 months.

      • raze12004 - Sep 20, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        Yeah, abchome is right, they said 6-9 months, he needs to come back and play/score about the same as last year to show something special. Even Chauncey Billups came back to play after the same injury.

      • therealhtj - Sep 20, 2013 at 6:47 PM

        Start of the season would be the 6 month mark. Feb would be 9. Nothing really miraculous here.

  5. zuiyo - Sep 20, 2013 at 5:35 AM

    I am as big a fan of Kobe Bryant as any Mamba fans out there, and I’ve been following him for a long time, and I want to say the “freak of nature” and similar comments attributing him near superhuman powers have been getting out of hand lately.

    The truth is, Kobe’s ability to heal and play to pain and injuries is a bit of a manufactured legend. True, the man is a warrior and has not rested when he’s had painful or debilitating injuries which might have made others choose resting. Also he has consistently shown the ability to heal quicker than other people. But those were minor injuries. None of those former injuries have been as grave as this. Not even the knee wear he got rid of with German wizardry. This is the first truly devastating injury he’s suffered and there’s absolutely no guarantee he’ll heal earlier than any other focused athlete for something as awful as this. Nobody is going to go through rehab like Kobe, but let’s face it, this injury is a very serious one, plus he is OLD. His body is not going to heal quickly from this. So let’s dial it down a little when it comes to expectations of seeing him back on the court ASAP. Because the expectations are what fuel him, and he’s the most competitive guy in the NBA, and everyone in the Lakers trusts him to take care of his body, so chances are he could be back too soon. And if he rips that tendon again in a regular game this season, that’s it for Kobe. And that would be a tragedy.

    • diggy720 - Sep 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      Derrick Rose tears an ACL and misses the ENTIRE following season and you compare Kobe to “any other focused athlete” in taking the off season and some change to rehab a torn Achilles!?! You must really be a Miami fan…

      • asimonetti88 - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        A torn ACL is a major injury. A year is the typical recovery time for that injury.

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