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Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Bryant Returns From Germany Looking Good

Mark J. Rebilas-USA Today

It became recent news that Kobe Bryant headed to Germany to receive a platelet treatment on his ankle and knee, which has nothing to do with him recovering from his Achilles surgery but everything to do with Bryant preparing to play in this NBA season, a positive sign to say the least.

Bryant returned on Tuesday evening and was spotted walking into Citizens Bank Arena, where the Los Angeles Lakers played the Denver Nuggets in a preseason game Tuesday nightunder his own power and without a limp — small signs that Lakers’ fans everywhere should begin to breathe easier again.

Bryant has stated that he feels like he is far ahead of his scheduled recovery period, but the exact details have yet to become known on whether or not he will be ready for the season opener. This platelet treatment he received while in Germany is about sustaining Bryant’s knees and ankles, and him receiving it this long before the start of the regular season shows that Bryant will be looking to get back on the court as soon as possible.

This most recent procedure is something he has received before, and is less intensive then the revolutionizing blood-spinning treatment that was performed on him.

Whether or not Bryant will be ready to open the season should be the furthest from Lakers fan’s minds as his ability to return to pre-Achilles injury form being the most important factor. It is all fine and dandy that he is healing quickly as we all knew he would, but this year is not going to be a pretty one for the Lakers and Bryant needs to be healthy for 2014.

Once the books close on this coming season, the Lakers organization can open their checkbooks heading into 2014-15, the most star studded free-agency in recent memory. He needs to prove that he’s ready to lead whatever new Lakers team is constructed to another finals appearance. He needs to prove the Black Mamba still exists. The season opener is a petty thing compared to the chance at another ring.

Take your time to heal up, Kobe. Next year is the important one.