Originally posted on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 10/30/13

Ever since he tore his Achilles’ tendon, speculation has run rampant regarding when Kobe Bryant would return to the NBA. Now we have a clearer picture as to when he’ll finally be back on the court. On Tuesday, Bryant confirmed that he was still two to three weeks of practice away from returning to action. He has no timetable to return to practice, but after he does he’ll need some time to work back into game shape. Bryant has been pushing himself and testing his Achilles and ankle with increasingly difficult workouts. Bryant had the following to say about where he’s at in his rehab: “This week I’m pushing it again and measuring it and seeing how it does. I pushed it really hard (Monday), and it feels pretty good today. So I will push it again (Tuesday) night then measure it (Wednesday) morning and continue to go from there.” Bryant also says that he doesn’t plan to play until he can perform at an “exceptional” level. He added that his doubters continue to motivate him. The 35-year-old veteran also said he has no target date for his return and will be ready to go when he’s finally healthy enough to do it. Obviously the Lakers are headed for a rough season, but Bryant wants to be on the court no matter what the team’s record is. Still, the Lakers are almost certainly going to encourage the face of their franchise to take his time coming back to make sure he’s completely healthy when he does hit the court.

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