Despite what Los Angeles Lakers fans say, their only hope this season relies on one person. Kobe Bryant. It also happens to be the Lakers biggest concern heading into this season. Their future pretty much depends on how Bryant returns, if he returns at all this season (we’re looking at you Derrick Rose).
The LA Times followed up on that report with the Lakers doctors, and it appears that the earliest we should expect the return of the Black Mamba should, in fact, be October 29 — the season opener.
Kobe Bryant continues to move forward in his rehabilitation from a torn Achilles’ tendon, though the Lakers are unwilling to put an updated timetable on his exact return.
“He’s progressing well and has met all the targets and milestones of his rehab, and we expect him to make a full recovery,” Lakers spokesman John Black told The Times on Monday. “One of the key issues is to make sure he builds up strength and endurance not only in his Achilles but also in his legs, knees, back and core.”
Bryant’s initial timetable called for at least six to nine months of recovery after he was injured April 12 against Golden State. The more optimistic part would put him in play for two Lakers exhibition games in China next month, though Bryant is expected to miss the Lakers’ entire eight-game preseason schedule that ends Oct. 25.
The Lakers begin the regular season Oct. 29 against the Clippers. It is unknown if Bryant will be back in time.
“We’re going to avoid giving a target return date until he’s doing full weight-bearing running and on-court basketball activities, at the earliest,” Black said.
Lakers fans still see Kobe as the all mighty one, he can do no wrong. Sometimes I mistake him for God, except that I don’t (looking at you Lakers fans). He’s human. Wait, what?
In all seriousness, I don’t think Kobe should play opening night. I think he should take his time to fully recover, before he comes back and tries to carry Los Angeles on his back. The Lakers aren’t going anywhere with or without Kobe.
Kobe, just take a chill pill dude. Don’t rush it. I’m pretty sure Derrick Rose could email you his rehab schedule.