Kobe Bryant’s rehabilitation from a torn Achilles’ tendon is “progressing well,” but the Los Angeles Lakers do not expect him to play in any exhibition games, the Los Angeles Times’ Mike Bresnahan reported on Monday.
“He’s progressing well and has met all the targets and milestones of his rehab, and we expect him to make a full recovery,” Lakers spokesman John Black told The Times on Monday. “One of the key issues is to make sure he builds up strength and endurance not only in his Achilles but also in his legs, knees, back and core.”
Bryant is expected to miss the Lakers’ entire eight-game preseason schedule.
“We’re going to avoid giving a target return date until he’s doing full weight-bearing running and on-court basketball activities, at the earliest,” Black said.
The Lakers first regular season game is Oct. 29 against the Clippers.
Bryant, 35, averaged 27.3 points, six assists and 5.6 rebounds for the Lakers last season before they were swept in the first round of the playoffs without him.
Bryant is entering the final year of a contract that will pay him $30.5 million. He needs just 676 points to move past Michael Jordan for the No. 3 spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Bryant recently jumped off a 40-foot board: