Posted July 19, 2013

Jim Buss: Kobe Bryant ahead of schedule, could return by preseason

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The Lakers think Kobe Bryant might be able to return by the preseason. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)

The Lakers think Kobe Bryant might be able to return by the preseason. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers Vice President Jim Buss said Thursday that Kobe Bryant is well ahead of schedule in his return from a torn Achilles tendon and could return in time for preseason.

“Well, we’re in Vegas, and I would bet a lot of money that this guy comes back probably in preseason,” Buss told NBA TV during the Lakers-Milwaukee Bucks game at the Las Vegas Summer League, according to ESPN.com.

“He’s real sharp in taking care of himself and he’s not going to rush anything just to get back and prove a point. He’s going to come back when he’s right. He’s a machine. He’s inhuman. I see him coming back at the beginning of this season. I can’t believe how much he’s progressed so far.”

Bryant has said that he is progressing well in his return from the Achilles tear he suffered in April. However, he said that a more realistic goal was a return by November or December.

“I’m shooting for November, December, latest,” Bryant told ESPN Radio in June. “That’s my goal in my head. That’s what I’m shooting for. I’m really, really determined about getting there. You know, I won’t have any fear or any worry about the tendon rupturing again. I mean, there’s nothing I can do about it. If it goes again, it goes again. But once I’m ready to go, it’s on.”

The original timetable on his recovery was somewhere between six and nine months. A return in the early stages of that original timetable would be somewhere in October during training camp.

Bryant’s return will be key for a much different Lakers team that lost star center Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets this offseason. They also used their amnesty provision to waive forward Metta World Peace.

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40 comments
SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Kobe hopes to try out some light raping in 1 month.

gusCOYS
gusCOYS

It is a sad commentary on the times we live in when every time an athlete displays extraordinary physical prowess he or she is thought to be on PEDs. Our innocence has been taken by too many drug scandals

mrlecorbeau
mrlecorbeau

There comes a time when the body does not listen to your mind or will. Based on personal experience it is pretty damn stupid to rush recovery and have to go through the same surgery twice. Maybe D-Rose did it right and gave his body the proper healing period. Now he is good to go.

SeanHHS
SeanHHS

Why is this page not hoppin'?

SeanHHS
SeanHHS

I think it would extend Kobe's career if he took a year off and gave his legs some much-needed rest. 

Aaron14
Aaron14

Are people really doubting that Kobe will come back full strength? Kobe has thoroughly demonstrated commitment that FAR excedes the average player. Thats something the Kobe-bashers never recognize.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Steve Broussard's sources say Kobe will go 5-for-31 in is return.

asmato6
asmato6

im here just to say screw espn since i cant say it at espn so......SCREW YOU ESPN.


gusCOYS
gusCOYS

If Kobe makes it back he will basically be off the chain this season and free to go for the scoring mark as this team is not going to make any noise in the playoffs.  He might as well try to fill it up while Lakers fans wait for FA 2014

gusCOYS
gusCOYS

Making people join FB has totally killed ESPN's message board.  A topic like this would have 3000+ by now but last I checked they had 170 odd.  EPIC FAIL

espnsucks
espnsucks

At least people see my comments here.  And I imagine all the facebook kids will be the ones staying with Espn and all the more mature sports fans will come here.

fmteter
fmteter

Ping me, Jimmy.  I'll take that bet.

Stone_icon
Stone_icon

Jim Buss is a dipsh!t. And I'm a lifelong Lakers fan.

Washheightsboy
Washheightsboy

That's a bit fast from a torn Achilles, no?  Adrian Peterson finds this suspicious.

bricks_win_championships
bricks_win_championships

Hope he's not rushing back since the Lakers chances of winning a title in the upcoming season are pretty slim, would be foolish to not rehab properly just for what will probably be a shallow playoff run.

espnsucks
espnsucks

Hopefully Kobe will only be healthy enough to play a proper SG roll and not try to be the primary ballhandler instead of Nash.  Add a healthy Gasol and the Lakers could actually be pretty good.

espnsucks
espnsucks

Damn it I wanted to see Nash actually get to play his game again.

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

again this is jim buss trying to putt a happy face when i truly belive bryant will miss at least amonth, and again espn please stop reporting stories you know are not true, because as long as brynat is on the lakers, jmaes is not going to opt out and he will likely sign the max deal with the heat, beccasue let's say wade maybe retires and maybe bosh after his titles says maybe i want to try something else, well gee what we knew last year would become even more evident, the heat are his team, and melo again he likes new york and i don't see him leaving, but were going to make something up that is completely untrue

SeanHHS
SeanHHS

Why are all these articles dead? Where is everyone?

began2000
began2000

@gusCOYS 

As far as I'm concerned it should be legal to use any drugs, including PEDS, in order to heal from an injury.  Although I suppose many athletes would fake injuries so they could use PEDS.  

SeanHHS
SeanHHS

@malikg Because his ego can fill Staples Center, and he wants to be seen as the GOAT. 

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

@espnsucks 

You mean the ex posters like us pretty much NEVER kept on topic, but just bashed lebron, heat fans, al & jesse, and trayvon?  WE HERE

began2000
began2000

@Phila_Classy_Fan_ver.1 

You can stop now.  We get it.  You don't think Kobe is any good.

To put it in a way you might understand.

Clever  > Phila_Classy_Fan_ver.1 posts about Kobe.