After suffering a torn left Achilles tendon, Bryant underwent the knife to repair the wound on April 13.
Expected to miss a minimum of 6-9 months, Bryant was pictured walking without his boot on June 1.
“Three-and-a-half months [after the surgery] I can already walk just fine,” said Bryant, 34. “I’m lifting weights with the Achilles just fine and that’s different. So we don’t know what that timetable is going to be. It’s kind of new territory for us all.”
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, Kobe Bryant will likely be in familiar “territory” on the hardwood by October in “La-La Land.”by