Kobe Bryant is making progress in his recovery from a torn Achillies tendon, but the Los Angeles Lakers' star is expected to miss the entire eight-game preseason slate.
"He's progressing well and has met all the targets and milestones of his rehab, and we expect him to make a full recovery," Lakers spokesman John Black said on Monday. "One of the key issues is to make sure he builds up strength and endurance not only in his Achilles but also in his legs, knees, back and core."
The Lakers begin the regular season Oct. 29 against the Clippers. It is unknown if Bryant will be back in time.
"We're going to avoid giving a target return date until he's doing full weight-bearing running and on-court basketball activities, at the earliest," Black said.
Bryant will be a spectator when the Lakers begin training camp Sept. 28 in El Segundo.
Bryant has given periodic rehab updates on his Twitter and Facebook accounts, and he said last month in an interview that he had "shattered" the ty...