Kobe Bryant: If the playoffs were today I would play

Sep 28, 2013; El Segundo, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) during media day at the Lakers Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Good news Los Angeles Lakers fans — Kobe Bryant is feeling better. How much better, you ask? Well, if the NBA playoffs were to start today, the Black Mamba would join his teammates on the court.

The Lakers will be playing against the Golden State Warriors in China, and Kobe had the following to say about his progress.

In the land where they worship him for his work ethic, Kobe Bryant said Monday that the long rehabilitation from his Achilles tendon tear has reached the point where “if today was a playoff or NBA Finals [game], could I play? Probably.”

Before Lakers practice, Bryant said, “I feel pretty damn good, so I’m going to get out today and try to move around on the court.”

(via Bleacher Report)

Last week Kobe said that once he starts ramping up the activity in his training it will take him around three weeks to get back into shape. As the regular season is just over two weeks away, Bryant is now picking up in activity. It would be unbelievably impressive if Bryant was ready for opening night, as that would mark a recovery time of around six and a half months since he tore his Achilles tendon.

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