After visiting and speaking to the kids in attendance for his camp Wednesday at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Kobe Bryant spoke with reporters about his rehab from a torn Achilles tendon which he had surgically repaired in mid-April and happily relayed that he is progressing “faster than everybody expected” and expects to return to full activity in mid-August.
Kobe on his rehab: “I’m progressing faster than everybody expected so I’m very happy with it.” He is targeting mid August for full activity
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 10, 2013
Last month when speaking on ESPN radio, Kobe stated he was shooting for a November/December return to game action, however, his orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Klapper had more good news Wednesday when he tweeted that Bryant will be ready in time for Lakers opening night. After undergoing surgery mid-April, the recovery time was estimated to be six to nine months. Assuming opening night is the last week of October, Kobe would be just past the six month mark.
KOBE to be at full activity in 4 weeks. That means no restrictions but later stages of tendon recovery still remain. Will see him at Game 1.
— Dr. Robert Klapper (@DrRobertKlapper) July 10, 2013