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Another non-update update: Kobe says he is at “challenging,” “tedious” part of rehab

Nov 8, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT

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Let’s answer the big question first: No, there still is no timetable.

Nobody knows when Kobe Bryant will be back on the court with the 3-3 Los Angeles Lakers. That includes Kobe Bryant.

He traveled with the Lakers to Houston and no matter what he said you know he, Pau Gasol and Mike D’Antoni savored getting a big win over the Rockets on the road. Even if it was the bench guys (Jodie Meeks, Wes Johnson and company) that earned that win.

Kobe spoke to Ken Berger of about the rehab process.

Bryant isn’t back in any meaningful way yet, still pushing his surgically repaired Achilles’ tendon through what he described as “the most challenging, the most tedious part” of his rehab….

“Honestly, I couldn’t tell you,” he said. “I don’t want to say something and then misjudge it. It’s tough to measure.”

So how will he know?

“Once I get out there and start moving side-to-side and start doing more change-of-direction things,” he said. “… The biggest thing with the Achilles is you have to be able to maintain your stability. So what happens when the muscle fatigues, it can’t maintain that. So a lot of people with Achilles injuries lose their explosiveness. They try to make a move and now that’s giving on them and they can’t maintain that. So you lose that pop. And that last bit is where you really fight to make sure the muscle is strong enough to be able to maintain that.”

No comment here as there is nothing really to say. Kobe will be back when he is back.

Then things get interesting to see how he reintegrates with a team that is moving the ball well, playing in the D’Antoni system and making it work.

  1. asimonetti88 - Nov 8, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Lakers are up and down, but with Kobe back, hopefully it will be more up!

  2. Anoesis - Nov 8, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    These “non-update update” stories remind me of ESPN’s habit of posting a “scoring update” that has no scoring since the last “update.” If the score hasn’t changed, it isn’t an update. Same thing here. Just another story about something that hasn’t happened, but includes Bryant’s name in order to garner hits.

    • harshedmellow - Nov 8, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      At least we are past the “what does Tim Tebow think of Kobe’s non-update” type of stories.

      • 00maltliquor - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        I miss Tebow.

        All he does is win/ all, all he does is win!

    • antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      It really isn’t a “non-update update” it’s more of a “Kobe said something” alert.

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