While Kobe Bryant still has no reasonable date to when he is returning to the Los Angeles Lakers (3-3) lineup, here’s another non-update update, if you will…
[via CBS Sports]
Bryant isn’t back in any meaningful way yet, still pushing his surgically repaired Achilles’ tendon through what he described as “the most challenging, the most tedious part” of his rehab….
“Honestly, I couldn’t tell you,” he said. “I don’t want to say something and then misjudge it. It’s tough to measure.”
So how will he know?
“Once I get out there and start moving side-to-side and start doing more change-of-direction things,” he said. “… The biggest thing with the Achilles is you have to be able to maintain your stability. So what happens when the muscle fatigues, it can’t maintain that. So a lot of people with Achilles injuries lose their explosiveness. They try to make a move and now that’s giving on them and they can’t maintain that. So you lose that pop. And that last bit is where you really fight to make sure the muscle is strong enough to be able to maintain that.”
Kobe says he considers himself 2 wks into his 3 wk training period he needs to consider a return, but doesn't have a practice date in mind
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) November 8, 2013
With that said, I think Kobe is still at least two weeks away (at earliest) from a return. I think the date to watch is Dec. 1 against Portland — it is a home game and is three weeks from today(ish). That could be a nice return time for Mamba. Though, I wouldn’t be surprised if he came back before.