Lakers' Kobe Bryant likely to sit out preseason

The Los Angeles Lakers begin their 2013-2014 campaign on October 5th in a preseason opener against the Golden State Warriors. Will Kobe Bryant be on the court? Don’t expect it. While Kobe is ahead of the typical six to nine month timetable for a torn Achilles tendon, the five time NBA champion is expected to sit out the entire preseason.

Lakers spokesman John Black told the Los Angeles Times “One of the key issues is to make sure he builds up strength and endurance not only in his Achilles but also in his legs, knees, back, and core”.  Not only does the fifteen time all-star have to recover his torn Achilles, but Bryant also has to get his body ready for another grueling NBA season.

The Lakers have two exhibition games in China, and there is a slim chance that Bryant makes an appearance, but don’t expect it. When will Bryant be back? The Lakers front office is trying to avoid a target date. Despite Bryant’s twitter rehab updates, don’t expect to see much of Bryant in October.

The Lakers open training camp on September 28th with Kobe on the sidelines. We will most likely be seeing a lot of “Coach Mamba” in the next month. The Lakers open the regular season on October 29th against Clippers. Will Kobe be ready? We will see.

By: Arash Darbandi

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