Lakers’ Kobe Bryant on return: Could play if it ‘was a playoff or NBA Finals’
The NBA regular season is less than two weeks away and while Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant continues to rehab a torn left Achilles tendon suffered six months ago, he says he hasn’t had any pain in the injured leg and could play if he had to.
The Lakers are in China for a portion of the preseason and are set to play the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.
He told the Bleacher Report that “if today was a playoff or NBA Finals [game], could I play? Probably.”
“I feel pretty damn good, so I’m going to get out today and try to move around on the court,” he added.
The Lakers open the season Oct. 29. against their rivals, the Los Angeles Clippers.
“I haven’t had any pain or any soreness whatsoever. It’s kind of a flexibility thing, and getting the range of motion back—feel like you can bend without having to lift the heel up,” Bryant said. “After months of the tendon being compressed, now you have to work to stretch it out a little bit.”