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Kobe Bryant “I Need Three Weeks To Get Back In Shape”

Though Kobe Bryant hasn’t really given a timetable for his return and nobody really knows when he will play again Bryant did reveal today that he will need three weeks of rigorous training to get back in shape before he steps on a court. His recovery has been going well and he is progressing everyday but Bryant admits he has gained some extra body fat and his legs are weak, he also revealed that he hasn’t really been watching what he eats these past six months.

As per the La Times:

“When will Kobe Bryant play again? Not even he knows. Bryant still needs at least three weeks of conditioning before returning to the court and he won’t even start working off the pounds until he is comfortable jumping, he says. In other words, he’s highly doubtful for the Lakers’ season opener Oct. 29 against the Clippers. Not that he’s worried about a return date. ‘I just keep it open right now,’ he said Wednesday. ‘I don’t know why you guys are so hell-bent on timelines. It’s like the most ridiculous thing to me. When I’m ready, I’m ready.’ Sidelined since April 12 because of a torn left Achilles’ tendon, Bryant has been a spectator in the Lakers’ exhibition season. He has gradually increased his treadmill time and done more calf exercises throughout the day to improve Achilles flexibility. ‘I’m starting to move a little bit more,’ he said. ‘I’m trying to pick up my pace a lot more.’ But Bryant says he has ‘Bambi legs’ and needs to strengthen them before his conditioning routine starts. And when he begins his conditioning, he’ll have plenty of work to do. ‘Six months of eating whatever the hell I want to eat and not running and stuff like that caught up to me a little bit,’ he said. ‘I can do it in about three weeks of rigorous conditioning. … It’s just the matter of having the flexibility and the strength to be able to run at high speeds out here on the court or on the track or whatever.’

Bryant is focused on coming back the right way, he has made it clear he won’t be a guy that sticks around averaging 18,19 ppg and not playing at an elite level.

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