Friday, September 20th, 2013 at 4:31 pm  |  30 responses

Kobe Bryant ‘Doing Well,’ Hasn’t Had Any Setbacks

by Leo Sepkowitz | @LeoSepkowitz

Kobe Bryant has been working to get back to full strength all summer, and it looks like the he’s making solid progress in his rehab. Per InsideTheLakers:

“Kobe Bryant continued rehabbing on his surgically repaired left Achilles tendon, 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 added ‘there’s no projected date’ on whether Bryant could play in the Lakers’ season opener Oct. 29 against the Clippers. It all fits the Lakers’ conservative approach in ensuring Bryant doesn’t return from an injury he suffered April 12 before it fully heals. ‘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. ‘He’ll be ready when he’s ready. Nobody has a crystal ball on this thing.’ ‘He doesn’t have injuries in the rest of his body,’ Vitti said of Bryant. ‘When a guy has been out for a long time, that neuromuscular system shuts down and the nerves don’t fire the muscles in the right pattern in the right way. We have to get this whole thing working again. Think of him as a Ferrari. He’s a machine. If those pistons aren’t firing in the right position and in the right pattern, the timing is off. Other structures can be taking loads that aren’t built for that. The rehab is not directly solely to the Achilles tendon.’ ‘He’s had a good surgery, good rehab and he’s motivated about it. He’s smart,’ Vitti said of Bryant. ‘You can’t get ahead of the game on this thing, but you can get behind. He never got behind.’”

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  • BugEyes

    I would bring him back Christmas day, or at least try to bring him back if LA is losing games. billups never been the same since his blew up, so I hope it don’t happen to kobe I want to see him make a run for most points all time that would be very entertaining

  • 360

    Kobe please come back with a smaller jersey! It’s 2013!

  • LLC#12

    I’m hoping for Pau to put up some monster stats for the first couple months of the season, or however long it takes for Kobe to be back. Even if Kobe is back for game 1, I’d like to see him being the preferred option, until Kobe is back to his best.

  • sfgsf

    when will the Buss get a line up like this:

    Lebron, Paul George, Jabari Parker, Chris Bosh, Greg oden

    Trade Kobe and Gasol for Paul George

    Sign Chris Bosh, Lebron, and Greg Oden

    Tank now draft Jabari Parker

  • doughnussss
  • Najee Fareed

    the Black Mamba returns 10.31.13

  • initbruv

    Goddamn you. I wasted 45 seconds of my life listening to this garbage.

  • Caboose

    He’s still like 7k points short. A 30ppg season nets like 2.5k points, assuming all 82 games played. Meaning he’d need 3 more seasons of 30ppg, or 4 seasons of 23ppg, or 5 seasons of 19ppg. Playing in close to all 82. Possible? Yeah kinda. Likely? Not at all.

  • Caboose

    . .

  • didid

    cancer – is that chemotherapy on the side? hardy hardy hardy har har

  • BugEyes

    Yea I know that but if he was close do you know how much ratings would go up and me and you would hang onto kobes every move like he was a fugitive and we were the FBI
    sorry about the analogy

  • shockexchange

    This convo is an advertisement for why Rent-A-Center wanted Horry Jr amnestied as a condition for re-signing with LA.

  • doughnussss
  • Busta213

    What does that even mean?

  • AboveYou

    It means he’s a creep who wants to see Kobe in a form fitting shirt.

  • aiid

    is lebron on pace to be all tiem scorer

  • Jay Brodes

    i expect mamba to be back game1..hope he is half as athletic as last season. might be wishful thinking but he was off the charts..can we please see the kbix already..damn!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    If he stays above 26ppg till he turns like 36


    Nah check your math. 32 ppg til he turns 33

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol, think deeply about what you just said.

  • nbkAAA

    come on man did you go to phoenix country day?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk


  • danpowers


  • danpowers

    form fits stay sh*tty no matter which year – gtfo ;)

  • formless

    when will you reveal your real identity?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    More importantly, why does that matter?

  • robb

    WTF are you talking about???

  • jokl

    come on why r u shy?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    It’s pointless to tell any of you who I am

  • danpowers

    flagging this sh*t as inappropriate unfortunately didnt help :(