It’s going to be a few more weeks before Lakers fans will see Kobe Bryant on the court.
The shooting guard has a torn Achilles tendon, but he says his recovery is progressing steadily.
Even though he isn’t eligible to play yet, Bryant has been sitting on the sidelines during exhibition games and will be traveling with the Lakers later this week to China.
Recently Bryant went to Germany for some treatment, leaving everyone to wonder what for. Turns out he went to get treatment for his right knee, which has also been giving him trouble. On Monday, October 7, Bryant posted a photo on Instagram, letting everyone know what exactly was going on in Germany.
He has received the treatment, an Orthokine treatment, before, which involves drawing his blood, spinning it in a centrifuge and then reinjecting it to hopefully reduce inflammation in the knee.
Bryant has seen his fair share of haters during his NBA career, and his current injury has many doubting his ability to come back. But not Kobe, he’s not giving up. Bryant was recently featured on Let Them Talk, which was filmed while he was in China in August. On the program he said, “As I sit here with you now, telling you I’m going to come back 100 percent … I don’t know for sure. You know, I have moments and I have days where I doubt myself. But to me, that’s the exciting part of the challenge. That’s when I realize this is a great opportunity to come out and show everybody this is how you bounce back. This is how you respond to a challenge. And the people who say, ‘You’ll never do it, you’ll never make it,’ this is how I look at that. The people who say, ‘You will never come back from this injury’ … to me, that means that if they had this injury, if they had this injury, they would quit. That’s what it means to me. Because if they sit there and look at me and say I can’t do it, that means that if this happened to you, you wouldn’t do it. So I have to show them just as much as I show the people who support me that this can be done and I can come back from this. By me coming back from this shows the people who doubt me, hopefully makes them reconsider what’s possible. And that’s the important story about the scar. The scar is a good story anyway.”
Even though Bryant is running on the treadmill with his full body weight, and has even been performing calf raises, as well as shooting and jogging drills, he’s going to have to adjust his diet. Bryant had allowed himself some unhealthy snacks and eating habits while sitting on the sidelines. Said Bryant, “I got to get my fat [behind] in shape. I had six months of eating whatever the hell I wanted to eat and not running, and stuff like that caught up to me.”
Below you can watch video of Bryant talking about his recovery not long after his Achilles tendon was torn.