Bryant suffered a torn left Achilles tendon and underwent the knife to repair the wound on April 13.
Predicted to miss a minimum of 6-9 months, Bryant is determined to perform against the Clippers in the season opener on October 29.
“I feel pretty damn good, so I’m going to get out and try to move around on the court,” said Bryant, 35, a two-time NBA Finals MVP. “It’s a flexibility thing and getting the range of motion back. If today was a playoff or NBA Finals, could I play? Probably.”
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, Kobe Bryant should look “pretty damn good” on the hardwood throughout the wintertime in “La-La Land.”by