Los Angeles Lakers Rumors: Will Kobe Bryant Return in the Preseason From Achilles Injury?

By Dan Parzych
Kobe Bryant
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As if last season wasn’t bad enough for the Los Angeles Lakers, the dagger was when Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles’ tendon right before the start of the playoffs–putting his 2013-14 season at risk. Obviously, this is one of the more serious injuries that usually takes quite some time to recover from, but as professional athletes have shown over the last couple of years–the recovery process for serious injuries has been quicker than usual.

With this in mind–what are the chances Bryant returns for the preseason? It may seem like a crazy idea at first, but one of the hottest Los Angeles Lakers rumors this week has involved the possibility of Bryant being healthy enough to play in the preseason.

As mentioned before–crazy, right? Not according to team vice president Jim Buss.

During an interview this week, Buss discussed how Bryant is ahead of schedule and how he expects his superstar to play in the preseason–which would be a huge shock. When Bryant suffered this injury back in April, nobody even knew if he wold be ready to go in the middle of the season.

Obviously–nobody should have doubted Bryant in the first place.

Only time will tell when it comes to whether or not Buss’ statement ends up being true, but this has to be a sign of relief for Laker fans. Los Angeles was one of the biggest disappointments from the 2012-13 season and if Bryant’s unable to play at all next year–this team could be in for another long season.

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