El Segundo, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is not committing to any set return date as he completes the final stage of his rehabilitation.
“I just keep it all open right now,” said Bryant. “When I’m ready, I’m ready.”
Bryant noted that following timelines is ridiculous and doesn’t know why the media kept on asking about it.
The Lakers guard has been given the “green light” to ramp up his workouts to return to game after tearing his Achilles last April.
In order to feel ready, Bryant said he needs to get the explosiveness in his left leg back and then whip his 35-year-old body back into shape.
He wants to eliminate the feeling of having weak legs or limited mobility when taking off to feel that he’s ready.
Bryant is working on strengthening his left leg by running with his full body weight on the team’s altered-gravity treadmill.
“I do a lot of calf raises during the day, just trying to get it as strong as possible and constantly pushing the flexibility of it, the mobility,” said Bryant.
Bryant said that six months of eating whatever he wanted to and not running has caught up to him a little bit.
“I need to get my fat ass in shape,” he quipped.
Bryant added he needs three weeks of “rigorous conditioning” to get back where he wants to be, which essentially but eliminates the possibility playing in the Lakers’ final five preseason games.