Kobe Bryant may have “scaled back” his rehab today – he ran on an anti-gravity treadmill instead of regular full-weight bearing running – though he is expected to “ramp up” his training this week.
According to Ramona Shelburne from ESPN Los Angeles, Bryant will begin to push it a bit more during training this week:
Beginning the season without Bryant in the starting line-up seems strange, yet it’s a reality that Laker fans are going to have to come to terms with.
Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni said Kobe won’t be doing a Willis Reed tomorrow night, according to Mark Medina:
[pullquote]“There will be no Willis Reed tomorrow night,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni, referring to former New York Knicks forward limping toward the court in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals after nursing a torn muscle in his right thigh. “We’re not trying to hide or pull a curtain back like the Wizard of Oz. There’s nothing behind the curtain. He’ll go when he can go.”[/pullquote]
Nobody knows when Kobe will return to the court, but as we’ve said all along, there’s no point in coming back too early. Kobe understands this, too.
Patience is key.