Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant could be ready to play by training camp

March 25, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Lakers 109-103. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

No is not a word Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant likes to hear. In fact, I’m not sure it’s even in his personal dictionary.

After tearing his Achilles in April, Bryant was told by medical professionals that he most likely wouldn’t see the court until sometime in 2014. Even in a best case scenario, doctor’s didn’t believe Bryant would be ready before mid-December.

Bryant has been having none of it.

The Black Mamba has been rehabbing at a near obsessive pace and many reports are suggesting not only will Bryant beat out the best case scenario laid out by doctor’s, which was a December return, but he might be on the court for opening night and be available for training camp.

Per NBA.com:

The ruptured Achilles’ tendon suffered by Kobe Bryant on April 12, 2013 against the Golden State Warriors ended the star’s incredible late-season run. The initial recovery timetable was set at six to nine months. However, recent reports suggest he may be ready to return for not just the start of the 2013-14 regular season, but as early as training camp. While on tour in China, he said the surgery performed was innovative and thus his recovery has been unique.

Lakers training camp will begin in late September.

Topics: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

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