Kobe Bryant told NBA TV's Rick Fox that he would have played Friday if it were a playoff game, indicating that the Lakers star is closer to returning to the lineup.
The interview is available on NBA TV's website.
Kobe also explained why he won't set a target for a return. "Once I have set that, then I'm hellbent on doing that at all costs, even to the detriment of the damn Achilles," Bryant said.
He said he can do a lot of things he's used to doing right now, but isn't quite ready to play at full-speed or give fans what they expect from him.
The Lakers are currently 4-7 and in 12th place in the Western Conference.