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Kobe Bryant sat out Thursday Lakers practice with mild Achilles soreness

Nov 21, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT

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The expectations in Los Angeles are out of control.

The reality is that no matter your will power or conditioning, a ruptured Achilles tendon is tough to come back from. It can be done, but the process is not smooth, it has fits and starts.

Even for Kobe Bryant, who practiced Tuesday and Wednesday with the Lakers, but not Thursday.

This isn’t a setback so much as just par for the course for this injury. Soreness in this recovery is inevitable, but you have to be cautious and not risk reinjury.

This news should put a cap on the speculation Kobe might return this weekend, either Friday or Sunday. After that the Lakers head out on a three game road trip and maybe that is when he returns.

  1. asimonetti88 - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    To be expected.

  2. pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Kobe will pass MJ on the all time scoring list before the all star break, that will be a huge accomplishment.

    They will barely make the playoffs though.

  3. antistratfordian - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    “Soft!”…. it’s coming. Tick tock.

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      Said no one ever.

      • JHathwell - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:52 PM

        Don’t feed the morons, brother.

  4. billtetley53 - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Come on Kobe, you have to play, L.A. needs the 8 seed.

  5. Anoesis - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Four months ago Bryant said “late November, early December.” I’m sticking with the speculated target date of December 6.

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      The Kobe-ster might just change “D” day to “K” day. Just kidding.

      • jimeejohnson - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:24 PM

        Anyone who knows history: sorry. Thought I could get away with it. D-day was in June. I was thinking of a day that lived in infamy, Dec. 7, 1941.

  6. mytthor - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    This tweet doesn’t say anything about his Achilles being sore. It says he was sore – and that’s to be expected when a guy in his 30′s hasn’t played ball in 6 months and he goes hard in practice for a couple days. I haven’t heard from any other sources that his Achilles was the source of the soreness.

  7. onlyavoice - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Hopefully Idiot Fans Will Not Vote Him Into The All Star Game.

  8. apkyletexas - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Ice up old timer. Ice up.

  9. valeb2012 - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Having gone through Achilles repair in January, his ankle is definitely sore. That’s what happens when you work it out after months of inactivity. It’s called atrophy.

  10. harshedmellow - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Soreness? Who knew?!

    Achilles tendonitis shut me down from BBall in my mid-30′s. Can’t even imagine trying to push through a repaired rupture. Ouch!

    Here’s the deal…… favoring and protecting the injury will cause a string of other issues, most notably in the calf on the injured leg (because you can kinda protect the Achilles by overloading the upper calf) and the knee of the opposite leg. At his age he’ll be prone to inflammation and irritation issues and an out-of-kilter body will throw him an endless series of those.

    One of the great athletic freaks of his era is busted, guys. I’m a card-carrying Laker Hater so watching the franchise flail is amusing, but even my Grinch-like little heart aches a little when such an athletic, skilled player hits the end. Sniff.

    Ok, enough achin’…. back to the hatin’…

  11. program33 - Nov 23, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Mamba is not ready. Like Derrick Rose he needs and should take more time off. If he continues to push ahead before his body tells him too, his career could be over sooner rather than later. Sometimes it’s more difficult to listen to your body over your love for the game. Just an opinion.

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