Thursday September 17th, 2015

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant has been cleared to return to basketball activities, reports Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report.

Bryant underwent surgery in April to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. The recovery was expected to take six to nine months.

Last week, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said he believes Bryant will be ready for the Lakers' training camp.

Bryant is entering his 20th season for the Lakers in 2015. He is undecided on if he will return for a 21st season. Bryant’s contract expires next summer. The Lakers are prepared for his retirement following this season.

Last month, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said Bryant was hoping to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and has not been ruled out for a roster spot. In Rio de Janeiro, Bryant would be going for his third Olympic gold medal.

Last year, Los Angeles finished at 21–61 for its worst season in franchise history.

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