“No real expectations,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak told Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles Wednesday. “I do believe that [Bryant will] get back and he’ll play this season. You won’t be able to look at him and say that he’s hurt. In other words, some guys like myself when I hurt my knee, I always had a limp. You won’t be able to tell [with Bryant].”
Kupchak also said that there was “no timetable” for the 17-year veteran’s return. However, there is no doubt in his mind Bryant will return.
“If you think for a second if Kobe can’t play at a high level, or up to his expectations, that he wants to continue to play, I don’t think that’s in his DNA,” Kupchak said. “So, I think it makes sense for him and for us to get him back on the court and to get a feel or a gauge of how much longer he wants to play and at what level.”
Last season, the 35-year old Bryant averaged 27.3 points, 6.0 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.