Lakers guard Kobe Bryant used the first week of the NBA season to ramp up his training again as he continues a comeback from a torn Achilles tendon.
Bryant, who previously told reporters he would need three weeks of "rigorous conditioning" before he considered making his debut for the 2013-14 season, said this past week of work applies to that timeline he scheduled.
"I think this is a good start," Bryant said before the Lakers played the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. "This week was a good start. I was able to run and run pretty well, so I would probably count this week."
The 18-year veteran had "scaled back" his workouts after the team returned from a preseason trip to China that he used to test his limits, but he said he's pushing himself again.
"I'm running a little bit more, a little bit more aggressively," Bryant said. "It feels fine."
Bryant scoffed when a reporter suggested that, by his own math, the five-time champion was now only two weeks away from returning. But ...