For the Los Angeles Lakers, the 2012 season was a nightmare. Nobody could have envisioned a season where Jerry Buss would pass away, Dwight Howard would choose to leave town, and Kobe Bryant tearing his Achilles to top it all off. It leaves us all wondering what happens now.
Before tearing his Achilles, Bryant was on a very impressive run. He single-handedly vaulted the Lakers into the playoffs, and it took its toll on his body. A typical timetable for Achilles recovery is usually six to nine months. That would put Bryant’s return around late December or early January.
If the Lakers do decide to tank for a draft pick, Bryant would indeed have to sit a large chunk of the season.
However, there are reports that say Bryant has “shattered” his timetable for his repaired Achilles. While on tour in China, he said the surgery performed was innovative and thus his recovery has been unique.
“The surgical procedure was different […] and because of that the recovery has been different,” Bryant said to the media in the southern city of Shenzhen. “The normal timetable for recovery from an Achilles, we’ve shattered that. Three-and-a-half months 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.”’
Bryant is on pace to be in the starting lineup against the Los Angeles Clippers opening night if he continues to heal without any setbacks.
Bryant’s consistent updates on his rehab have all Lakers fans excited for next season. Like most Lakers fans, it’s hard to imagine the Lakers without Bryant on the court. Bryant’s heart and determination to prove the critics wrong will bring a new fire to his career. If healthy, Bryant and the Lakers are capable of a run only fit for Hollywood.