Kobe Bryant is in his mid-thirties and is coming off of a torn Achilles just a handful of months ago.
Conventional wisdom would tell you to count him out until at least the All-Star Break in February, possibly much longer than that. But is he way ahead of schedule?
According the Lakers’ Jim Buss, via ESPN, Kobe could play in the preseason.
“Well, we’re in Vegas, and I would bet a lot of money that this guy comes back probably in preseason,” Buss said during the Lakers-Milwaukee Bucks game at the Las Vegas Summer League. “He’s real sharp in taking care of himself and he’s not going to rush anything just to get back and prove a point. He’s going to come back when he’s right. He’s a machine. He’s inhuman. I see him coming back at the beginning of this season. I can’t believe how much he’s progressed so far.”
Listen, I know Kobe is a world-class athlete, and I can completely see him currently being ahead of schedule, but let’s not get crazy here. This may just be wishful thinking on the part of Buss. It would be reckless to rush Kobe back at this stage of his career.