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Kobe Bryant still reportedly a few weeks away from being able to run at 100 percent

Posted by shawn cassidy on September 20, 2013 at 12:45 AM

I'm jealous, why can't this be about Rondo? This news doesn't mean he's cleared for activity during camp, or during the preseason. I do believe his goal is opening night. Will see how that goes for Kobe. I believe  the Achilles injury that he suffered in April will take more time. I think he'll miss the first month, if not the second month of the season. 

Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

Kobe Bryant continued his rehab on his surgically repaired left Achilles tendon, as expected, the latest involving running at 75 percent of his body weight on a treadmill. Lakers athletic trainer Gary Vitti expects Bryant remains a “few weeks away” before advancing to full-weight bearing running, though he acknowledged that’s a “nebulous term.” …

“He’s doing well and has had no setbacks,” Vitti said Thursday at his trainer’s office at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo in a wide-ranging interview with this newspaper. “There’s no projected date. He’ll be ready when he’s ready. Nobody has a crystal ball on this thing.”

Bryant must first complete full-weight bearing running drills before advancing to on-court basketball activities. Vitti offered no timetable on how long it would take for Bryant to complete each stage, let alone whether he will appear in the Lakers’ season opener Oct. 29 against the Clippers. It’s safe to pencil Bryant out of the beginning of Lakers’ training camp, beginning Sept. 28, though it’s not clear if he could play in at least the tail end of the Lakers’ eight-game preseason schedule that ends on Oct. 25.

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Reply paul
7:21 AM on September 20, 2013 
As much as it makes me nervous that we aren't hearing about and from Rondo, I'm also glad that he's keeping a low profile - it makes me think that he's determined to let his game do the talking this year. That does more to make me optimistic than anything.