John Otano
Monday August 5th, 2013

Kobe Bryant said he has progressing well in his rehab from Achilles surgery. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images) Kobe Bryant said he has been progressing well in his rehab from Achilles surgery. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is growing increasingly optimistic that he will return to the court from his ruptured Achilles tendon surgery sooner rather than later.

In an NBA.com report, Bryant said that he has "shattered" the average recovery time from Achilles surgery and described his procedure as "different." As a result of the procedure, Bryant said, he has been able to progress to the point of working out and walking just over three months after having surgery to repair a tear of his Achilles tendon he suffered on April 12.

Bryant said he still doesn't have a timetable for his return despite his accelerated recovery. Lakers vice president Jim Buss said last month that he would "bet a lot of money" that Bryant would be ready to return by the preseason.

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