Posted September 11, 2013

Kobe Bryant unsure if start of season is realistic for his return to Lakers

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Kobe Bryant said this week that he's unsure whether he will be in the Lakers' season opener Oct. 29 vs. the Clippers. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant, who went down with a torn Achilles in April, said he’s unsure whether he will ready for the Lakers’ season opener Oct. 29 vs. the Clippers. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said he is unsure whether he will play when Los Angeles tips off its season on Oct. 29 against the Clippers.

The five-time NBA champion said in an interview posted Wednesday by Time Out that he’s feeling stronger and is ahead of schedule but that right now he can’t realistically say whether he will be ready to go by the end of next month.

“I’m feeling pretty good, stronger than I was. I’m ahead of [my recovery] schedule…I don’t know [whether] that means I’ll start the season – I hope so.”

Bryant’s return on opening night would be somewhat of an expedited return for an athlete rehabbing from a torn Achilles tendon. The two-time Finals MVP, who turned 35 last month, suffered the injury last April against the Golden State Warriors. By contrast, Chicago Bulls All-Star Derrick Rose suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during the 2012 playoffs vs. the Philadelphia 76ers and missed the rest of the series and the entire following season but is expected to play in the Bulls’ opener next month.

Bryant spoke to Time Out to prepare for his Kobe Bryant Health & Fitness Weekend in Abu Dhabi and Dubai later this month. He is set to make $32 million next season, the most for any player in the league, and said he refuses to take a paycut for what will be the final year of his contract with the Lakers.

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8 comments
bambam824
bambam824

MOST PRO CHAMPIONSHIPS SINCE 1979:

LAKERS 10

BULLS 6

OILERS 5

YANKEES 5

49ERS 5


6marK6
6marK6

The Lakers are done, over, They are not going to the playoffs with or without you. 

K.r.Qunynghamm
K.r.Qunynghamm

He may as well rest the first 15-20 games as Bynam was used to doing. That way he'll be a little less worn down come playoff time. If they even make the playoffs this season, that is. Hey, if they don't, then maybe we can get Jimmy to get out of the seat and let Jeannie run the team for a while. At least she understands basketball.

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Kobe needs a few practice rapes to see how things go first.

bambam824
bambam824

Why should the soon to be 3rd all time nba scorer take a pay cut in the final year of his "contract"? That would be idiocy, but he will work for MUCH less in the 2014 season when the Lakers go for big signings.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Kobe knew he wasn't coming back for the opener he only said that to avoid the amnesty and the Lakers like a bunch of idiots fell for it.. I will be surprised if Kobe makes it back before the all star game.

Paul1
Paul1

kobe should take a pay cut.  His salary is 52% of the Laker's player payroll.  

He will miss 1/2 the season if he wants to come back at full strength.  More likely the rush back will result in limited playing time.  

JustinBurr
JustinBurr

The injury happened in the third to last game of the regular season, the Lakers then played the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs not the Warriors, good try