Kobe Bryant weeks away from running full speed, but no setbacks
Lakers guard still on track for return, but odds of him being back for the season opener continue to plummet.
Here's the latest on Kobe Bryant's rehab from his torn Achilles. The highlights:
• Bryant has still not gotten to full-weight running, meaning he's not supporting his own weight on the treadmill. Until he gets to full-weight-bearing, he can't advance to on-court basketball activities.
• He's working on getting all of his muscles in tune as he recovers from the main injury. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com talked about this issue earlier this week, especially in relation to how it will develop over the course of the season.
• The training staff maintains that he's on-track for his return, but won't come close to putting dates on any of the benchmarks, let alone his return to the court in game. From InsideSoCal.com:
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.”
The odds of Bryant making it back for the season opener continue to plummet considering how much work is left to be done. But you still have to think that he can go from full-court activities to game-shape in less time than most. He's just conditioned differently. Still, the odds have to be shifting towards Bryant missing at least the season opener against the Clippers October 29th.
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