Kobe Bryant, who tore his Achilles’ tendon in April, is finally back in practice. According to SportsCenter, Bryant returned to practice on Saturday.
Obviously Kobe still has to get his conditioning back on track before he is ready to take the floor, but this is fantastic new for the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA in general.
Many fans are naturally very curious to see what kind of Bryant returns. An Achilles tear is a potentially career-ending injury, so there is obviously a risk that Kobe will lose what remains of his athleticism. He doesn’t seem worried himself, as he has addressed the issue in interviews, saying that he can adjust his playing style if he is limited physically.
Before he went down late last season, Bryant averaged 27.3 points, 6.0 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game. With Dwight Howard in Houston and Kobe out of the lineup the Lakers are 4-7 this season. Steve Nash’s health has also been a huge concern for these Lakers and making the playoffs will be tough.