(NBA) — If the Los Angeles Lakers want to get back to the postseason, they’ll likely need Kobe Bryant to be healthy and playing like his usual self. Even though he’s recovering from surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon, Bryant says he’s making a fast recovery.
“The normal timetable for recovery from an Achilles, we’ve shattered that,” Bryant told NBA.com. “Three-and-a-half months [and] I can already walk just fine, I’m lifting weights with the Achilles just fine and that’s different. So we don’t know what that timetable is going to be. It’s kind of new territory for us all.”
Towards the end of last season, Bryant suffered the injury as the Lakers were fighting for a playoff spot. They made the playoffs, but only as the eighth seed, and wound up getting swept out of the first round by the San Antonio Spurs.
Bryant will be evaluated by doctors again at the end of August to see if he can take his rehab to the next step.
The 34-year-old Bryant has spent his entire 17-year career with the Lakers and has averaged 25.5 points per game over that span.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN