Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant is ‘feeling pretty good’

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Expect Kobe Bryant to excel from the outset.

Although “feeling pretty good,” Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant remains unsure if he will perform against the Clippers in the season opener on October 29.

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, “Black Mamba” was pictured walking without his boot on June 1.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” said Bryant, 34, who recently began running on a weight-bearing treadmill. “Stronger than I was. I’m ahead of [my recovery] schedule. I don’t know [whether] that means I’ll start the season – I hope so.”

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 “start the season” on the hardwood in “La-La Land.”

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