So, this is why Kobe Bryant went so hard at practice on Saturday.
According to Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report, the Black Mamba has been given full medical clearance and can resume all basketball related activities.
In other words, the return of Kobe Bryant is getting closer and closer:
[pullquote]Bryant has full medical clearance, I was told Sunday by someone in a position to have such knowledge—meaning he can do anything and everything without restriction as the recovery from his ruptured left Achilles tendon nears its conclusion.
Lakers coaches and basketball operations staff are all content to wait for Bryant to decide in his own mind when he’s ready to resume one of the greatest careers in basketball history after one of the worst injuries that can befall any basketball player.
Even with full clearance, though, Bryant is not expected to jump right back into game action Friday night against Golden State or even the next week of Thanksgiving. Bryant wants to test his ankle joint and see how it responds, which he will get to on an initial basis with full-scale team practices set for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.[/pullquote]
While Sam Amick from USA Today reports that Bryant may return as soon as Friday when the Lakers take on Golden State, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Kobe take his time and give it a few more weeks to really push it and get back into rhythm. Most of all, Kobe will be paying close attention to his body to see how it responds to the daily grind of cutting, stopping-and-starting and jumping.
Nevertheless, this is very exciting news for Laker fans. The medical team have given Vino the green light and now it’s up to him to decide when he’ll make his much-anticipated return to the court.