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Los Angeles Lakers GM Kupchak: Kobe Bryant will be ready for camp

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak says Kobe Bryant will be ready for camp.

Los Angeles Lakers general manager told USA Today’s Sam Amick he expects Kobe Bryant to be ready for the start of training camp.

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.

“My understanding is that he’ll be ready for camp,” Kupchak said. “Knowing Kobe, he will try to participate in every practice in camp. But myself and (head coach) Byron (Scott) are going to have something to say about that. So I’m sure there will be a practice or two or three where we won’t let him practice, but I do expect him to be full bore at camp.”

Bryant will be 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.

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