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On Wednesday, during his yearly pre-season meeting with the media, Mitch Kupchak sounded cautious when discussing Kobe Bryant‘s eventual return to the court. However, the Black Mamba himself is being far more ambitious. According to The National, Bryant thinks he’ll be good to go by the start of the season: Addressing his Achilles injury, Bryant said he was getting stronger every day. “Now it’s about cutting the recovery time, I should be OK [for the start of the season],” he said. As we’ve said time and time again, Kobe needs to avoid rushing back to the court just to prove a point. However, he’s not going to do anything stupid and return too early; Bryant knows he’s not as young as he once was and this injury has shown him that he’s not invincible. With that being said, when he’s ready to go he’ll be back on that court. And would you really be that surprised if his name was being called on opening night? I know I wouldn’t. H/T Mark Medina .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 300px; height: 250px; } @media(min-width: 500px) { .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 300px; height: 250px; } } @media(min-width: 800px) { .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 336px; height: 280px; } }

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