After his gruesome Achilles tendon injury, Kobe Bryant seems like he's back on the mend and recovering at a very brisk pace
By his own admission during an interview with Lakers.com, Bryant's goal continues to be to return by December at the latest. It appears that even if there is some degradation of his athleticism, Bryant is confident that his skills and experience will help him continue to perform at a high level.
While recovering in time for opening day may be a stretch at best, seeing the Black Mamba getting back into shape and working on his conditioning is a good sign for optimistic fans.
Having trainers accompany him around at all times certainly won't hurt the recovery process. The fact that the Black Mamba feels good about the Achilles tendon can only mean good things for a franchise looking to at least be competitive this season.
Other than Steve Nash, there wasn't a Laker on the roster who was hindered by injuries as much as Pau Gasol was.
Expected by Mike D'Antoni to be at nearly 100 percent by the time training camp rolls around, Gasol will definitely benefit by being eased in via a minutes cap to start the season off.
All signs seem to indicate that Steve Nash will be ready to go by the start of next season.
Suffering through a variety of hip and back issues last season, Nash just couldn't seem to get his rhythm with all of the time off he had to take to recuperate.
Thus far, he appears upbeat and confident in his rehab, and there don't seem to be any roadblocks or hitches in his recovery.
Nash states that he is very close to 100 percent. This will allow for D'Antoni to really lean on Nash in terms of trying to implement his system during training camp.
Steve Blake suffered a hamstring injury during the playoffs that effectively ended any hopes of the Lakers being even remotely competitive against the San Antonio Spurs during their first-round series.
Suffering a season-ending hip injury partway through the season, Jordan Hill seems to be on pace to return by the start of next season.
The concerning news here is that Hill himself feels that the hip will never fully recover.
While his efforts to add range to his jumper are admirable and should help him reduce his injury risk, it will be difficult for Hill to utilize the energy he is known for with a hip that won't fully recover.
While he was still rehabbing his left-ankle injury as of the third week of August, he has already resumed full-contact basketball activities and should be ready for training camp and opening night.
He should get a shot at the starting 2-guard spot if Bryant misses any time.