After a successful surgery and surpassing the time it takes to recovery from an Achilles injury, Lakers star Kobe Bryant is still unsure that he will be able to play in the first game of the season on Oct. 29.
On April 12, the Black Mamba sustained an injury to his Achilles’ tendon and had to undergo surgery. This procedure would take six to nine months to recover, however, Bryant did not need that much time.
“The normal timetable for recovery from an Achilles, we’ve shattered that,” Bryant said while in Shenzhen, China, according to NBA.com. “Three-and-a-half months [and] I can already walk just fine. …So we don’t know what the timetable is going to be. It’s kind of new territory for us all.”
Although he seems to want to expedite the process, both Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss are more interested in Bryant’s recovery.
“Kobe is a big question mark,” Kupchak told Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio Thursday. “We’re very optimistic. He’s getting treatment every day. He’s in the facility right now, but he hasn’t been on a basketball court.”
Buss doesn’t mind how long it takes Bryant to heal and wants him to be a Laker for the rest of his career.
“I want Kobe to take the time that he needs to get healthy,” she said last week in an interview with ESPNLA 710. “[He] is part of the Laker family and will always be. There’s not many players who play 18-19 years with the same franchise, and it’s important to us that he has a chance to play his entire career with the Lakers.”
Only time (and Bryant’s body) will tell when he will be able to return. On Thursday night, Bryant sat with Jimmy Kimmel during an event called “Kobe Up Close,” a fundraiser for the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Foundation, which aims at reducing homelessness.
Despite his uncertain return, one thing is certain for Bryant and he made it very clear to Kimmel and all those who were listening.
“I want that jewelry,” he said. “People just don’t understand how obsessed I am with winning.”