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07:24 AM ET 09.17 | Counting Kobe Bryant out is bad practice, and, yes, there are clearly positive signs. [Bryant] continues to move forward in his rehabilitation from a torn Achilles' tendon, though the Lakers are unwilling to put an updated timetable on his exact return. "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. ... [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. "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.

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September 17, 2013  07:39 AM ET

Kobe is the second greatest player to play the game. He'll be back.

September 17, 2013  07:44 AM ET

Just take it easy but Kobe won't listen. If he is ready he will play.

September 17, 2013  07:59 AM ET

NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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September 17, 2013  08:37 AM ET

For his sake and the Lakers' sake, they should hold him back until Christmas. Knowing him and his guarantees, he will be back for the 1st game of the regular season.

September 17, 2013  08:38 AM ET

How is this a headline.? If you rephrase it, "Kobe will be ready for opening game" everyone will look at it as a good sign

September 17, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Really, miss the preseason? I don't expect Kobe to return until after the all-star game. The Lakers organization and Kobe need to realize that he will not be the same player he was before the injury; coupled with his age and the injury the "witing is on the wall." Let the Lakers organization look for the next best thing and transition.

September 17, 2013  08:56 AM ET
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Really, miss the preseason? I don't expect Kobe to return until after the all-star game. The Lakers organization and Kobe need to realize that he will not be the same player he was before the injury; coupled with his age and the injury the "witing is on the wall." Let the Lakers organization look for the next best thing and transition.

+1

September 17, 2013  09:07 AM ET
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Really, miss the preseason? I don't expect Kobe to return until after the all-star game. The Lakers organization and Kobe need to realize that he will not be the same player he was before the injury; coupled with his age and the injury the "witing is on the wall." Let the Lakers organization look for the next best thing and transition.

Whatever happened to the "record breaking recovery"??

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September 17, 2013  09:17 AM ET

Well, now I have I won't watch preseason games...


Just like every year!

September 17, 2013  09:30 AM ET

Take The Season Off, Bro.

September 17, 2013  09:32 AM ET

Who cares.

September 17, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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Who cares.

Apparently you do!!! :-)

September 17, 2013  10:05 AM ET

He shouldn't be returning until December or January. And regardless, he'll be a shadow of his former greatness.

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September 17, 2013  11:04 AM ET

The longer he takes to get back the better. The Lakers need to acclimate themselves to life without Kobe. They should have just amnestied his arse.

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