Lakers Hope Kobe can Play in Two Preseason Games


Despite the expected troubles for an aging Los Angeles Lakers squad, the return of superstar guard Kobe Bryant from a Torn Achilles is one of the biggest storylines heading into the 2013 NBA season. With the first game of the preseason less than a month away, many have speculated on just when we will see Bryant return to the hardwood.

Lakers spokesman John Black told Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times that Bryant’s recovery is right on track.

“He’s progressing well and has met all the targets and milestones of his rehab, and we expect him to make a full recovery,” Lakers spokesman John Black told The Times on Monday. “One of the key issues is to make sure he builds up strength and endurance not only in his Achilles but also in his legs, knees, back and core.”

Bryant’s initial timetable called for at least six to nine months of recovery after he was injured April 12 against Golden State. The more optimistic part would put him in play for two Lakers exhibition games in China next month, though Bryant is expected to miss the Lakers’ entire eight-game preseason.

In a season where the Lakers aren’t expected to be in title contention, I think it would be smart for the team and even Bryant himself to be extremely cautious with his return. I feel like it would be silly to rush back for opening night, only to get hurt again because the leg isn’t ready.