Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers tore his Achilles tendon towards the end of the regular season, but he still hopes to be good to go for the opening of next season.
The initial time of recovery for Kobe’s injury was deemed to be six to nine months, but Bryant hopes that he can make an early return. According to ESPN, Bryant was asked whether he feels he could make it back in time to start next season, to which he answered with the following:
“I hope so,” Bryant said in a sit-down interview with ESPNLosAngeles.com on Monday. “That’s the challenge. With the tendon, there’s really only but so much you can do. There’s a certain amount of time that they deem necessary for the tendon to heal where you don’t overstretch it and now you never get that spring back.
“So, you just have to be patient, let the tendon heal, and then when that moment comes when they say, ‘OK, we can take off the regulator so to speak and now it’s on you to train as hard as you can to get back to where you want to be,’ that’s going to be a good day.”
The regular season generally starts at the end of October. If Kobe is to be ready for the season opener, that means his recovery time would be 6.5 months. Bryant had his surgery the very next day after suffering the injury, so the notion of him being ready for the season opener might not be that far-fetched, especially considering his work ethic. Still, at the age of 34 your body does not recover quite as fast, so if Kobe was good to go in late October that would be very impressive.