Lakers' Kobe Bryant 'a few weeks' from running at 100 percent

As the Los Angeles Lakers prepare for the 2013-14 season, Kobe Bryant continues to rehab his Achilles injury. His recovery has gone as planned so far and he's faced no setbacks, but head athletic trainer Gary Vitti told Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News that Bryant remains a "few weeks away" before advancing to full-weight bearing running.

Despite the progress, the team continues to have no timeframe for Bryant's return, according to Vitti. It's unclear if the All-Star will be available when the Lakers open their season against the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 29.

“He’s doing well and has had no setbacks,” Vitti said Thursday at his trainer’s office at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo in a wide-ranging interview with this newspaper. “He’ll be ready when he’s ready. Nobody has a crystal ball on this thing.”
Before he's able to progress to on-court basketball activities, Bryant must first complete full-weight bearing running drills. Without a timetable it's impossible to know for sure, but Medina projects that it's probably safe to pencil Bryant out of the beginning of the Lakers' training camp, which opens Sept. 28. However, Medina said it's not clear if Bryant will be able to return in time to see action at the end of the exhibition season.

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