It feels safe to say that the Los Angeles Lakers are going to be relatively lost in the 2013-2014 NBA season in the time that they have to play without their superstar, Kobe Bryant, as he recovers from an Achilles tear. Without Bryant on the floor, this team really doesn’t stand a chance this year.
Pau Gasol is still on this team and Steve Nash will give them whatever he has left in the tank, so this team may not be as bad as some seem to be making them out to be, but they do feel like a team that’s well out of the reach of making the postseason if Kobe can’t be on the floor for the majority of the season.
However, the Lakers might not be without Bryant for as long as they initially might have thought. As always when dealing with Kobe, he has asserted his supernatural competitive drive into his recovery and is far ahead of his scheduled timetable. In fact, he posted a video to Instagram on Monday of him running on an anti-gravity treadmill.
Running on an anti-gravity treadmill, a machine that works like a regular treadmill but allows Bryant to not put his full body weight on the ankle, obviously means he has some rehab left ahead of him. However, it does show that Bryant is recovering at a remarkable pace, considering that he was only able to walk on that same treadmill not long ago.
It remains to be seen whether or not Bryant will be suiting up for the Lake-show on opening night, but it does seem pretty clear that he will be on the floor in L.A. for the majority of the upcoming season. For any Lakers fans wanting to make the playoffs this season, that’s fantastic news.