Lakers News: Kobe Bryant given “green light” to ramp up workouts


Kobe Bryant has been given the “green light” to ramp up his workouts, yet there’s still no timetable for his eventual return to the court.

While Bryant has been cleared to increase his workload, he says he still needs to get his explosiveness and muscle endurance back “which takes a little time”, according to ESPN Los Angeles:

[pullquote]Kobe Bryant says he has been given the “green light” to ramp up his workouts to return to game action for the first time since tearing his Achilles last April but isn’t interested in committing to any set return date as he completes the final stage of his rehabilitation.

“I just keep it all open right now,” Bryant said Wednesday before joining the Los Angeles Lakers on their flight to Las Vegas for a preseason game. “I don’t know why you guys are so hell-bent on timelines. It’s like the most ridiculous thing to me. It’s entertaining. When I’m ready, I’m ready.”

As for the latter, Bryant said he needs three weeks of “rigorous conditioning” to get back where he wants to be.

“I need to get my fat ass 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.”

What is next for Bryant?

“It’s the explosiveness, the explosiveness and the muscle endurance which takes a little time,” said Bryant.[/pullquote]

From the beginning, Kobe has never really put a timetable on his return and it’s probably best it stays that way until the end. This way, he can continue to take his time and be 100 percent ready by the time he actually returns to the court.

It looks like he’ll be out for the season opener, but again, there’s no point in rushing the return.

Everything has seemingly gone well so far with Kobe’s recovery; let’s hope it stays that way.

Written by Ross Pickering

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