The 35-year-old Bryant suffered a torn left Achilles tendon and underwent the knife to repair the wound on April 13.
A two-time NBA Finals MVP, Bryant has “not come close to practicing.”
Hence, predicted to miss a minimum of 6-9 months, Bryant will likely resurface around Thanksgiving.
“My God, I know he’s Superman, but he hasn’t run yet,” said Mike D’Antoni, 62, the 2005 NBA Coach of the Year.
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.
The 15-time All-Star has competed in 1,239 games since turning professional in 1996 and is graying and worn.
Unfortunately for Bryant and Lakers fans, it’s certainly possible the “Black Mamba” was bit by a fatal athletic injury last spring.
However, considering the legend’s famed diligence and competitiveness, expect Kobe Bryant to eventually perform like “Superman” and help Los Angeles qualify for a surprise trip to the playoffs.by