The Lakers got some good news over the weekend: Kobe Bryant has been fully medically cleared to resume all basketball activities.
As reported by Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding, Bryant has no restrictions on his continued progress in his rehabilitation from the torn left Achilles tendon suffered seven months ago.
Bryant made his much-anticipated return to practice on Saturday, where he went through 5-on-0 drills and did some half court drills with his teammates.
“He looked real good," said Jordan Hill of Bryant at practice after his own career-high game against Detroit. "He was going real hard. I thought he wasn’t going to be able to go that hard but he was really pushing it. And, I know he’s not ready yet but he’s coming along and he should be ready pretty soon.”
Jodie Meeks, Pau Gasol and Mike D'Antoni all respectively added their praise to Hill's comments, all surprised with how good he looked in the first time he took the practice court in his 18th NBA season.
So, when will Bryant return to an actual game?
That appears to be left to him to decide. One can speculate that he wants to return as soon as possible, but not so soon as to put his body at any further risk. In short: stay tuned. With the team off on Monday, we should know more after he practices on Tuesday.