The Los Angeles Lakers believe Kobe Bryant might make it back to the court by the preseason.
According to the team’s vice president Jim Buss, Bryant is ahead of schedule in his recovery from the torn Achilles tendon he suffered in April. YouWager experts also consider Bryant might even play in a preseason game.
The 34 year-old star player has said in previous interviews he was ahead of schedule and would begin getting more active in his rehabilitation next month heading into training camp, which begins in October. The initial timetable for Bryant’s recovery was six to nine months, and six months would have him back sometime during training camp.
When the Philadelphia native does come back, he will be returning to a Lakers team that will be doing without the help of Dwight Howard, after the Lakers’ pursuit of the All-Star center fell short when he decided to sign with the Houston Rockets.
In addition, Buss stated Howard’s decision will not set the Lakers back for long and the focus has quickly turned toward making a big splash in NBA free agency next summer.