Kobe Bryant Injury: Updates on Lakers Star's Achilles and Return

Adam WellsFeatured Columnist

Dec 30, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) walks off the court during the second half of a game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
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Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant continues to battle injuries in his farewell season, as he was on the bench with an Achilles strain on Jan. 10. He returned on January 12 but left early because of a recurrence of the injury. However, he is ready to return. 

Continue for updates. 


Bryant Active vs. Warriors 

Thursday, Jan. 14

Bryant is available to play against Golden State on Thursday, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports.


Scott Comments on Bryant's Timetable to Return

Wednesday, Jan 13

Head coach Byron Scott told reporters trainer Gary Vitti wants to hold Bryant out for one to two weeks, but Scott "doesn't see that happening." 


Bryant Banged Up and Slowing Down in Final Season

The Lakers have been cautious in how they've used Bryant this season. He missed time early in January with a sore right shoulder and has sat out because of rest or injury at various points in the season.

Given how fragile Bryant has been the previous two campaigns, as well as the years of wear and tear on his body over 20 NBA seasons, he's going to need more rest than the average player. 

Times are tough in Los Angeles right now. Bryant is struggling in his final season, shooting a career-worst 35 percent from the floor, and the Lakers own the Western Conference's worst record.