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In the day directly following the six-month anniversary of his Achilles tendon tear, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant did the Kobe Bryant Thing in talking with media before a Lakers exhibition practice in Beijing. Bryant, whose initial recovery time was slated to take six-to-nine months, clearly wants Lakers fans to understand that he is well on his way, and were the schedule to produce a game of actual import, he’d be out there dragging his leg around.
Because these are things that Kobe Bryant usually says. From Kevin Ding at Bleacher Report:
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.”
Asked if he thinks about the Achilles during workouts, Bryant said: “I haven't had any pain or any soreness whatsoever. It's kind of a flexibility thing, and getting the range of motion back—feel like you can bend without having to lift the heel up. After months of the tendon being compressed, now you have to work to stretch it out a little bit.”
A lack of pain and soreness combined with an inability to utilize his foot, ankle and heel in the wake of six months of recovery is par for the course for an Achilles tear. This, in spite of Bryant mentioning during the offseason that he “shattered” the initial recovery stages for the injury.
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