Mamba still recovering from fractured left knee.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has been cleared to begin an intense six-month training program next week after he returns from a family vacation.
The 35-year-old has been increasing his level of activity in recent weeks as he continues his recovery from a fractured left knee which he suffered during the Lakers’ win over the Memphis Grizzlies back on December 17.
Having suffered the injury just six games into his return for a ruptured Achilles, Bryant missed the majority of a disappointing season for the Lakers, which saw them finish just above the Utah Jazz at the bottom of the standings in the Western Conference.
Nevertheless, while he visits France with his family, Bryant is expected to make a trip to Germany where he has had a platelet-rich plasma treatment in previous summers.
The visit to the clinic is a check-up to ensure that all is structurally sound with his knee before he resumes intense training, and in the meantime Bryant has shared his frustrations on Twitter about the season just gone as well as looking forward to next year.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 16, 2014
The Lakers star is scheduled to be back in Los Angeles this weekend and will begin his intense training with a view to him being fully recovered by the time training camp starts in October.
Meanwhile, the Lakers will hope to make some moves in free agency as well as picking up a strong prospect in the draft ahead of making an improved run next season, and they will undoubtedly be delighted to have their talismanic leader back on the court.