Bryant has surprised coach and team-mates with speed of recovery.
Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni has insisted that it will still be a few games before Kobe Bryant makes his comeback from injury.
Speculation continues to suggest that the 35-year-old is getting closer to making his return on the court after recovering from a ruptured Achilles that he sustained at the end of the regular season last year.
Bryant has been out of action since April, and although the coaching staff and his team-mates are surprised as to how well his rehabilitation has gone, D’Antoni is remaining cautious and doesn’t want to rush him back.
“I want to be a little careful because we’re going to have a few games before he comes back,” D’Antoni said, according to ESPN.
The Lakers coach went on to concede that Bryant is still a little rusty and suffered from soreness after being put through his paces in recent practice sessions.
Bryant is also continuing to work on his conditioning as his ability to play significant minutes in a competitive environment will arguably be the most difficult part of his comeback.
Nevertheless, the likes of Nick Young and Pau Gasol have insisted that they are looking forward to having the ‘Mamba’ back alongside them on game night,
While Lakers fans will be forced to wait a little longer for that time to come, the Staples Center is certainly ready to welcome back its hero but they will also be buoyed by the start the team has made without him, with the Lakers currently sitting at 5-7 for the season.