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Kobe says he would be playing if it were the playoffs

Posted by shawn cassidy on November 16, 2013 at 5:20 AM

I've stayed away from the Lakers for the past few weeks.


Even though Kobe Bryant's rehabilitation has ticked past the seven-month mark into a recovery timeline that was originally set at six to nine months by the Los Angeles Lakers, the star guard still considers himself to be progressing quickly.

"I feel like I'm ahead of schedule," Bryant told former teammate Rick Fox in an interview for NBA TV on Friday. "If there was a playoff game tonight, I'd play. I'd play. I don't know how effective I'd be, but I would play.

I don't think you'll have to worry about that Kobe. Your team is stuck in a place where you don't know if your rebuilding, or pretending to contend. The Lakers have a decent 4-7 record without Kobe. In a tough West. The Lakers may fall in a hole before Kobe gets back.

Bryant said he has purposely avoided focusing on a specific return date as he continues to ramp up his rehab from Achilles surgery.

"It's tough because once I've set that as a target then I'm hell-bent at doing it at all costs, even to the detriment of the damn Achilles," Bryant told NBA TV. "I try to just stay in the moment and really try to listen to my body. The biggest thing is I have not done anything athletically for six months, seven months. You got to get your body back in shape. And doing that, if I was healthy -- completely healthy -- you have that much time off and get back in shape and your knee is going to ache, your ankle is going to hurt, your back is going to be out. So you got to go through your progressions as you normally would over the course of a summer."

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