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Update: Kobe Bryant can’t fully push off on Achilles yet

Oct 18, 2013, 10:12 AM EDT

In case you were holding out any hope that in 11 days Kobe Bryant would be suited up and ready to play in the season opener when the Lakers host the Los Angeles Clippers, we bring you this note from Mike Trudell, the official reporter traveling with the team.

When Mike D’Antoni said the other day it was unlikely Kobe would be ready for opening day that should have been a sign.

Kobe is diligently working on his rehab, he’s making progress, but as we’ve noted from the day this happened Achilles injuries are not something you can just play through or push through in the same way as other injuries. It is more like a hamstring injury, where you have to be careful during rehab about setbacks and wait until it is fully healed before taking the next steps. It’s an exercise in patience.

Kobe will be back at some point early in the season, it’s just hard to picture that being opening night if he can’t yet fully push off on that leg. When he returns we’ll see how he performs and how long it takes to shake the rust off. This is a Lakers team that can’t afford to fall in a big hole early if the goal remains the playoffs.

  1. asimonetti88 - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    If he can’t push off yet, he won’t be playing Opening Night, simple as that. Take your time, get that ankle healthy Kobe.

  2. nycalldayz - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Kobe needs to take it easy. There’s no reason to rush and possibly do further damage.

  3. jaydm84 - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Of course he can’t. You can’t speed up physiology, as much as we think we can or would like too. Achilles rehab is serious. Most people are castes for 6-8 weeks and than in a boot for 8-10 weeks more. ACL, meniscus etc are all cake compared to this because you are reconstructing a ligament and the muscles around it are supporting it and that is what dictates your recovery. Achilles tears are different. Look at Demariyous Thomas, it took him almost 18 months to get back to full speed and he was only 22.

  4. harshedmellow - Oct 18, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Laker Nation needs to put down the collective crack pipe on this one. He blew his Achilles in what, April? Folks, he’d be NUTS to even play in 2013. You kinda need to be able to push off with your left foot in the NBA, guys…. just a little?!

    He should be targeting a winter 2014 “comeback” where he just comes in late in the (bad, non-playoff) season and gets some NBA court time in with very limited minutes. Then hopefully come back for real in 2014/15 with a revamped roster.

    • antistratfordian - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      Well Kobe IS nuts so… he’s probably going to play in 2013.

      • harshedmellow - Oct 19, 2013 at 12:54 AM

        Lol…. yeah, I bet you are right!

      • asimonetti88 - Oct 19, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        Why is he nuts? David Beckham tore his Achilles in March 2010 with Milan and was back on the field for the Galaxy in September 2010. It’s certainly possible. While I hope he takes his time but its not like it would be unprecedented for him to play this calendar year.

      • antistratfordian - Oct 19, 2013 at 9:21 PM

        Kobe is just a little batty in general.

  5. progress2011 - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    You mean to tell me #24…aka, re-numbered to be one better than #23/ MJ can’t play!

    What about the self proclaimed, invincible “Black Mamba”…..That’s the deadliest snake on the planet. It’s gonna be taken down by a little tiny thing like an Achilles….that’s like a 12 foot snake getting eaten by an L.A.Cockroach!

    What about the trips overseas and the sophisticated-top secret treatments.

    What about the killer “CLUTCH” stats (last 10 seconds, game winners):

    MJ – 7 of 15 = 47%
    LBJ- 6 of 14 = 43%
    kobe – 5 of 22 = 23%

    Uh Oh….that went the wrong way…….ahahahahaha

  6. florida727 - Oct 18, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    I’ve had 5 complete ligament tears and 4 bone breaks in my ankles. Nothing was more painful or took as long to heal as my partially torn Achilles. I’m old; Kobe’s not. He’ll recover and be his old self in due time. I’m not a Lakers fan per se, but I love watching them play. The game is better when the Lakers are challenging for a title, so I hope he comes back 100%. His rehab is I’m sure far more sophisticated than mine. I rode a bike 100 miles per week, and that took me 6 months to get “normal”. He’s doing it the right way. At least I dropped 30 pounds :)

    • lhollis74 - Oct 19, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      Yeah, Florida what most people don’t understand is recovery is very much dependent on the rehab time they put in. Most people only are willing to do a couple hours per day, or in your case perhaps 25 -50 miles on that bike whereas I imagine Kobe teats rehab as his #1 priority working at it twice as many hours as the average pro athlete would, hence the quicker than average recovery. Same would apply to Adrian Peterson’s rehab.

  7. harshedmellow - Oct 19, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    I’m no rocket surgeon, but in a normally-functioning leg it seems to me that virtually all of the power generated by the leg- quads included- ends up going to the ground via the Achilles. Kobe is getting old and brittle; it’s why it tore (ruptured is a better word- google it if you have a strong stomach) in the first place. It ain’t gonna be any more flexible, or less brittle. His high-flying days are pretty much done. And his knees aren’t going to happy with how he changes his movements to protect the injury.

    That said, he’s a superb athlete and will find ways to be an effective player… but he’ll be more a 13/3/4 guy. With a slow first step on D.

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