Kobe Bryant is recovering at an accelerated pace from the torn Achilles injury he suffered last season according to a recent nba.com interview while in on tour in China:
The surgical procedure was different […] and because of that the recovery has been different. The normal timetable for recovery from an Achilles, we’ve shattered that. Three-and-a-half months I can already walk just fine, I’m lifting weights with the Achilles just fine and that’s different. So we don’t know what that timetable is going to be. It’s kind of new territory for us all.
Did anyone expect any different from Kobe Bryant? Not only is he a vicious competitor, Kobe apparently has access to secret medical developments that have yet to hit the general market.
It wasn’t long ago that we were witness to the rejuvenation of Bryant via magical knee regeneration techniques available only in Germany. Now we’re privy to groundbreaking new methods of surgery which have cut down the recovery time by months—at least according to Bryant.
In spite of the ferocious competitive desire to return to the court, Bryant’s availability at the start of the season should be controlled and limited given the innovative nature of his surgery. No doubt Laker fans will be excited to see him back on the court, but if they wish to see him compete for that sixth ring this late in this career, they better hope the return isn’t premature.
Note: Kobe Bryant’s ruptured Achilles injury was suffered against the Golden State Warriors on April 12, 2013.