Shaquille O'Neal expects Kobe Bryant to return from his Achilles' injury for the Lakers' season opener on Oct. 29. "I'm sure Kobe is going to come back early," said Shaquille O'Neal in a video interview with Time Warner Cable SportsNet on Friday. "Anything before nine months is early. Him making the first game, I wish him well. He's a very, very competitive kid. He loves the naysayers. He loves proving people wrong.