Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Is Looking To Play Opening Night Reviewed by Momizat on . On April 12, Kobe Bryant suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in a game against the Golden State Warriors. The next day, Bryant had surgery to repair the torn li On April 12, Kobe Bryant suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in a game against the Golden State Warriors. The next day, Bryant had surgery to repair the torn li Rating:
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Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Is Looking To Play Opening Night

Washington Wizards v Los Angeles LakersOn April 12, Kobe Bryant suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in a game against the Golden State Warriors. The next day, Bryant had surgery to repair the torn ligament, and has been rehabbing ever since.

The usual timetable for a return after an Achilles tear is nine-to-12 months, a during the summer there were reports that Bryant was shattering the return time from such a severe injury. In an interview with The National, a website in Dubai, Bryant says that he’s looking to be ready for Opening Night.

Addressing his Achilles injury, Bryant said he was getting stronger every day.

“Now it’s about cutting the recovery time, I should be OK [for the start of the season],” he said.

It’s unclear whether or not Bryant will actually be able to be back at full strength by the start of the season, which is just over a month away. Bryant still isn’t able to jog and put all of his body weight on the injury as he’s still a few weeks away from being able to move away from the anti-gravity treadmill.

Opening night would be an awfully quick return — just under seven months since the original rupture. However, there have been no setbacks in terms of his recovery, and trainer Gary Vitti has been impressed with the recovery (although upset with him for jumping off of a high dive).

It’ll be interesting to see if Bryant is able to play by Opening Night, but if he can’t, it’s not the end of the world for the Lakers. Bryant should return when he’s fully healthy, and not rush to get back and risk further injury.

(h/t Kobe Bryant Legend)


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  • Paytc

    Wow ! Kobe is the Man. He once again is working extremely hard to come to the aid of his teammates. It is certain Nash especially, and most likely Gasol, are hoping Kobe gets back asap.
    Kobe brings too much to the team. He is probably the only player most of the playoff teams are concerned with. They know they can handle everyone else, especially all the new players who will be trying to find a place to fit in. But they know Kobe will always bring the true challenge and test them to see what their heart is made of.

    I trust Kobe will not step on the floor until he feels confident he can return to playing at the highest level. I am as many of his true fans are, pulling for his fast and full recovery. Go Kobe !

    Go Lakers !

    • Paytc

      Can you imagine injuring yourself and immediately having it surgically repaired “The very next day”? Talk about a driven individual !

      There should be a course taught in school highlighting people like Kobe and other ultra driven individuals. I am certainly informing my children about the many heights they can reach by not giving up ! Talk about no excuses and drive wow !

      Go Lakers !

  • Jim213

    KB24 sounds ready but may not be ready to play to his level given his strength and conditioning may need more work. No rush he should take his time.

    • vdogg

      i wholeheartedly agree. it’s not a sin if he misses the lakers’ first 15-20 games.

    • cj

      the only way to get back into kobe lvl is to start playing you the more games he misses the longer its going to take he needs to just play when he thinks hes ready

      • Jim213

        Disagree, Kobe works hard at his game during the off season which also includes his strength and conditioning. This is why he’s been consistent through out the years given that he spends time during the off season getting body prepared for the up coming season which he hasn’t been able to do too much this off season given his injury and rehab.

        • cj

          this is true and im not saying to rush right back in but i honestly believe he is going to pull a d12 and play in the last 1-2 preseason games to see were he is. kobe wont push him self back enless he can play

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  • richard

    The biggest thing to recover from this kind of injury is fear and the loss of trust in the injured part of the body… I think Kobe jumping 40 feet high was a way to remove that fear in him and getting back his trust on that part of his body… now it is just about getting stronger everyday and getting back to the level he was at before injury.

    • richard

      Most players takes time to recover from the mental aspect of the injury… preferring instead to wait a lot longer when in fact the body has healed. But Kobe is of different cut. I have not seen an athlete so driven and so disciplined in his quest to be the greatest in what he does. A lot of people will marvel at his kind of resolve years from now.

      • Paytc

        I totally agree with you Richard. But those who don’t like Kobe for whatever their reason will find fault in whatever he does. The heart and mental part is what truly separates Kobe from the pack. That and his work ethics. Kobe’s drive to be the best “he can be” is what I admire most. Many people will be pulling for him to return to the top. So we are not alone ,and neither is he. Go Kobe !

        Go Lakers!

  • http://www.ecodrivecn.com/ Jil

    I hope Kobe won’t risk further injury for the open night.

    It won’t be the end of the team if Kobe just sit at the bench and look at the teammates playing.

    • Paytc

      I’m sure the Lakers, Kobe, and the team doctors have too much invested in his career to take any unnecessary chances. Kobe and the Lakers may play with the minds of their rivals by using media reports to keep everyone guessing on his health status. Kobe, and the Lakers will be fine whether he decides to wait as late as Dec, or he plays sooner than that.

      “STEP UP” is what every player needs to do with or without Kobe.

      Go Lakers!

      • http://www.ecodrivecn.com/ Jil

        mmh. You are right. They may just want to keep the rivals guessing on the health status.

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