Kobe Bryant injury: Lakers star aiming to return in November or December

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The Los Angeles Lakers guard is becoming more realistic about a return date.

Kobe Bryant professed that he'd return from an April 13 Achilles tendon surgery to make the Los Angeles Lakers' season-opener, but speaking with ESPN Radio 710 on Wednesday he began pushing back his return to November or December at the latest.

After tearing his Achilles in an April 12 game and undergoing surgery the next day, the prognosis gave Bryant a recovery period of six to nine months. Mid-October would mark the six-month point in the Laker guard's rehab, and the NBA season begins in the final days of October. The Lakers' preseason schedule begins Oct. 5 and is closed out Oct. 25.

That makes Bryant's latest promise for a return in December at the eight-month mark, which seems reasonable in both making a return as fast as possible, but without rushing back too quickly.

Bryant also told ESPN 710 that he's completely mobile right now, but isn't running yet. He added that the Achilles is feeling better than it did before the injury.

Listen to the entire interview with Bryant at ESPN 710.

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