Although Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has been running on a treadmill at 75 percent, he hasn’t been able to get up to a full, unrestricted speed yet. That won’t happen for a few more weeks according to Lakers head trainer Gary Vitti. Of course, it just so happens that ‘a few weeks away’ is when the Lakers open their training camp.
Per the Los Angeles Daily News:
Instead, the Lakers’ big picture outlook involves staying conservative with Bryant’s recovery.
“Don’t rush it,” Vitti advised.
He estimated Bryant remains a “few weeks away” before advancing to full-weight bearing running and then basketball-related activities. Vitti also said “there’s no projected date” on whether Bryant will play in the Lakers’ season opener Oct. 29 against the Clippers or in any of the team’s eight exhibition games through Oct. 25.
Bryant’s return still remains a question mark. Some have suggested he’ll be ready before the end of the preseason while others hint he won’t return until December. But considering what we know of Kobe, one would assume he’ll be out there soon as humanly possible.