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Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Bryant Sprinting Towards a Return

Jayne Kamin-Oncea – USA TODAY Sports

As the 2013-14 NBA season gets into full swing, the biggest question on Los Angeles Lakers fans’ minds continues to be, “When will Kobe Bryant return?” It’s no secret he has been well ahead of the normal timetable to return from an Achilles injury, but the specifics on a return date have been few and far between.

Well, Lakers fans, rejoice. His return is getting really, really close.

Bryant has stated all along that once he began sprinting, it would be about two to three weeks until he was able to be in game shape and able to return to the hardwood. Well, ladies and gentlemen, Bryant has been sprinting this last week during his training regimen, which means Lakers fans should be thankful that, by Thanksgiving, the Black Mamba should be back on the floor in the beloved Purple and Gold. As the next few weeks move along, Bryant will surely experience some minor setbacks in his ankles and knees, which he has already stated is happening,  yet those are to be expected and won’t deter him from his imminent return.

This Lakers team needs Bryant back to win. Since an unexpected win on opening night against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Lakers have lost two games in a row. Steve Nash is clearly breaking down and may have trouble being effective for a majority of this NBA season, and Pau Gasol can’t do it alone. The Lakers have some young talent on this team, but they need another leader to step up and show them how to win. They need The Mamba back.

Get ready, fellow Lakers fans. It’s almost time.

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