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Dec 10, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) reacts during the game against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center. The Suns defeated the Lakers 114-108. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Kobe Bryant's recovery 'progressing slowly'

Assuming all goes right with Kobe Bryant‘s knee recovery, we’ll see the Los Angeles Lakers icon take the court at some point this season.

It’s just a matter of when.

There was hope Bryant would be ready soon after the All-Star break but that obviously wasn’t to be the case. Now Bryant admits that his recovery is progressing slowly and it’s frustrating him quite heavily.

“It’s progressing slowly. It really tests my patience,” Bryant said in a recent interview with Jacques Slade from that mostly centered on his work with Nike. ”There’s only so much I can do. I find myself relegated to a bike. The first few weeks, it’s cool. I’m getting a good workout in. Third or fourth, I’m thinking I need to do something else. I want to play. I want to run. I want to do something different. But you got to do what you got to do.”

The Lakers are planning to evaluate Kobe on Friday and hope they can get to the point where they can extend his exercises beyond a stationary bike, but that remains to be seen at this point.

If the evaluation goes well, there is hope Bryant will be ready in about a month which will leave him available for the final handful of games left in the Lakers season.

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