The timetable on Kobe Bryant's return is still up in the air, but he continues to increase his rehab workouts.
Yesterday the Lakers opened their season, and their bench rallied and gave them an unexpected win as Kobe watched from the sideline. He had initially hoped to be ready for the start of the season, but as his rehab progressed it became clear he would miss some time.
He may still be well ahead of schedule, but Black Mamba is just now increasing his workout with running and jumping, and has not yet been cleared to take part in full basketball activities.
Describing the rehab process at this stage, Bryant says he is incrementally increasing his workouts, and when pushed for an exact timetable the Lakers legend became irritated and just says that when he's able he'll suit up. We can expect Kobe to be sidelined at least three more weeks, as he still needs a couple weeks under his belt for conditioning and training.
Bryant: "I'll push it. I will increase the workload a lot and the next day you see how the ankle joint [feels]. At the end of the day it's really the ankle joint. The tendon is fine, but the ankle joint from being immobilized so much is naturally stiff. So it's about breaking through that and increasing that flexibility. If it recovers fine the next day you can push it and keep on going." [...]
Bryant: "I don't. I don't. How can I? I don't even know if I will be able to push it hard tomorrow. I have no idea."
Q: Would it be safe to say you'll be back by December?
Bryant: "Dude, I don't know. I don't give a [expletive] what people believe. When I'm ready, I will play."