Kobe Bryant has been given the go-ahead to step up his exercise, but he still may not be ready for the season opener in a few weeks. The LA Times reported on Oct. 9, 2013, that Bryant is still at least three weeks of strong conditioning away from returning to the court. As of now, he can exercise more, but still isn't comfortable jumping and moving all too much.
Bryant is listed as doubtful for the Los Angeles Lakers' season opener on Oct. 29, 2013, against the Los Angeles Clippers.
"I just keep it open right now," he said. "I don't know why you guys are so hell-bent on time lines. It's like the most ridiculous thing to me. When I'm ready, I'm ready."
Back in April of this year, Kobe Bryant had his Achilles surgery, and he has a few things that he knows he wants to have ready before getting back on the court for full-on basketball. He wants to get the explosiveness back in his left leg back and he knows that he needs to shape up his 35-year-old body.
"I do a lot of calf raises during the day, just trying to get it as strong as possible and constantly pushing the flexibility of it, the mobility," said Bryant.
Bryant is in good spirits though and says that he needs at least three weeks of "rigorous conditioning" to get to where he wants to be.
"I need to get my fat a** in shape," Bryant said. "Six months of eating whatever the hell I wanted to eat and not running has caught up to me a little bit. So, I got to get in shape."
Last week, he did some light jogging and set shooting on the court, but no big-time running around and certainly no jumping. As of now, he said there has been "no setback, no soreness, nothing." If things go the way they are looking to go, Kobe Bryant may be back on the court for the Lakers by mid-November.