Posted November 18, 2013 by Luis Mercado in Sports

Kobe Bryant Is One Step Closer To Returning To Lakers


Last year it was Derrick Rose. The consistent story of the day was will Rose return to play for the Chicago Bulls today? Rose walked to the bathroom, Rose ran on the treadmill, Rose played 5-on-5 in practice. He never returned last season.

This year it is Kobe Bryant. Bryant is recovering from a torn Achilles’ tendon in his ankle which he suffered in April.

Don’t expect him to come right back though. He practiced with the Lakers recently and made the team work hard as they tried to match his effort on the court as he tests his ankle.

Now it won’t be the waiting game we played with Rose, but just because he was cleared to return to full basketball activity, it doesn’t mean the future hall of famer will jump right back in a game. He needs to get back into game shape and feel comfortable making cuts on the ankle.

Bleacher Report is reporting that the December 6 game against the Sacramento Kings might be a good date for a return since its “Bryant’s favorite venues might serve as a logical date because the Lakers have no games scheduled Dec. 2-5.”