“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 told The Times 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.”
Bryant’s initial timetable called for at least six to nine months of recovery after he was injured April 12 against Golden State. The more optimistic part would put him in play for two Lakers exhibition games in China next month though Bryant is expected to miss the Lakers’ entire eight-game preseason schedule that ends Oct. 25.
The Lakers begin the regular season Oct. 29 against the Clippers. It is unknown if Bryant will be back in time.