Kobe Bryant isn’t able to push off his surgically repaired ankle yet, according to Lakers.com. The Los Angeles Lakers are currently in its preseason tour of China and the superstar spoke to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell, giving him details about the condition of his ankle.
Trudell announced Bryant’s response to the Achilles question via Twitter:
“Asked @kobebryant about his Achilles: ‘I can’t quite push all the way through yet, but it’s coming along fine. It feels all right.’
“It gets tight, so we just continue to work w/t modalities & making sure we loosen it up & get it going, but I feel good about it.”
Bryant tore his Achilles tendon back in April, right before the 2013 playoffs. The projected timetable for his return is six to nine months.
The Lakers’ season opener is October 29, against the Los Angeles Clippers. It doesn’t seem like Bryant will be ready to play by that time.
More details to come.