Kobe Bryant To Remove Walking Boot

By Eric N. Ellington
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Kobe Bryant’s mentality is to dominate anything and everything in his path — including this rehabilitation process. The Los Angeles Lakers’ offseason has been a dramatic tail of events reaching from Dwight Howard’s upcoming decision to Bryant’s legal battle with his mother. Bryant, who has kept all of his many fans in the loop through Twitter and Instagram, posted a much needed update yesterday.

Kobe also posted him doing calf raises on his Instagram account. That’s insane. I’m not sure this guy is human. Bryant will be wearing a special kind of shoe and looks like his recovery may be ahead of schedule. Typically, recovery time for a torn Achilles is around six to nine months. Mike D’Antoni even expects Bryant to be ready for the start of the season.

Bryant will prove his critics wrong. That’s who he is. The Black Mamba will accept this challenge and hopefully return to basketball related workouts soon. In the meantime, Kobe has gotten some more ink on the right arm, in honor of his two daughters. Bryant has also spent some time with Howard in the hopes that he will resign with the Lakers.

Chauncey Billups is the last NBA player who I can remember who suffered a torn Achilles late in his career. Billups, at age 36, struggled last season only averaging 8.3 points per game, a career low on 36 percent shooting.

But this is the Mamba we are talking about — a cold-blooded determined assassin with vino running through his veins.

Eric N. Ellington covers the Los Angeles Lakers for Rant Sports. Follow him at @EricNEllington

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