Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Must Remain Patient on Road to Recovery

The Los Angeles Lakers suffered one of the most devastating blows in franchise history during the 2012-13 NBA regular season, as leader Kobe Bryant sustained a torn Achilles tendon. Roughly four months later, Bryant is making strides that no one expected to see.

Even still, Kobe must remain patient on the road to recovery.

In June, just two months removed from the debilitating injury, Bryant told Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles that he hopes to return for the Lakers' season-opener. Many have taken that as a guarantee, but Bryant has since made it clear that he's taking his time and covering all bases.

According to Kevin Ding of The Orange County Register, we will have an updated timetable as soon as next week.

Critical news for the Lakers.

If Bryant is to return for the Lakers' season-opener against the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 29, he will have made a full recovery in exactly 200 days. That's six months and 17 days since Apr. 12, when Kobe suffered one of the most crippling injuries in professional sports.

If he ends up being ready, it'll be yet another example of basketball's most revered competitor defying the odds. If he's not, it'll hardly be surprising, as the estimated time frame for recovery from an Achilles tendon tear is 6-to-9 months for a young athlete, per Dr. Eugone Hong of

That "young" part is where we begin.


34 Years Old

Placed above is a video of Kobe running on an anti-gravity treadmill via his official Instagram account. Seeing as we're roughly four months removed from the date of the injury, that's beyond incredible.

It defies all logic for a 34-year-old.

This is yet another development in what has been a timetable-shattering recovery process. Not only does it have Bryant on pace for an unbelievably early retur...

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