Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is scaling back his work, saying he wanted to let his Achilles heal up a little more. Bryant tore his Achilles back on April 12 in a 118-116 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
The timetable for Bryant’s return is still up in the air and Bryant admits that dealing with an injury and all the uncertainty surrounding it can be frustrating.
“It can get to you a little bit and it will make you a little impatient, especially when you hear the doubt and, ‘Will I be able to come back?’” Bryant told Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles. “Well, it’s not even, ‘Will I be able to come back and play well?’ It’s more like, ‘I won’t be able to come back and play well.’ And when you hear those things, you want push and come back and play right away to shut a lot of people up, but you have to be patient, you have to rest and relax and come back when you’re ready.
Last season, Bryant averaged 27.3 points, 6.0 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game.