Jim Buss ‘would bet a lot of money that’ Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant will be playing in the preseason


Kobe Bryant continues to heal by resting on Vanessa’s funbags.

In an interview with NBATV, Jim Buss said he “would bet a lot of money” that Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant will be ready “in the preseason.”

After suffering a torn left Achilles tendon, the 34-year-old Bryant underwent the knife to repair the wound on April 13.

Expected to miss a minimum of 6-9 months, the 6-foot-6, 205 pound Bryant was pictured walking without his boot on June 1.

“Well, we’re in Vegas, and I would bet a lot of money that this guy comes back probably in preseason,” said Buss, 53, the Lakers’ executive vice president of player personnel.

Playing 38.6 minutes per outing during the 2012-2013 campaign, the 10-time All-NBA First Team selection averaged 27.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists over 78 contests.

Underachieving like few squads in the annals of the association, the Lakers (45-37) would have been one of the biggest embarrassments in sports history without Bryant’s efforts.

Competing in 1,239 games since turning professional in 1996, the 15-time All-Star is graying and worn.

Unfortunately for Bryant and Lakers fans, it’s certainly possible the “Black Mamba” was bit by a fatal athletic injury this past spring.

However, considering the legend’s famed diligence and competitiveness, “I would bet a lot of money that” Kobe Bryant will be on the hardwood by October in “La-La Land.”

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