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Bryant Recovering Well From Achilles Injury

NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant says he is ahead of schedule in his recovery from an Achilles tendon injury while visiting south China. 2013-08-05 05:21 PM EST Last Updated: 2013-08-05 06:50 PM EST
NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant said on Saturday, that he "shattered" the normal rehabilitation timetable for an Achilles tendon injury.
The 34-year-old Los Angeles Lakers player had undergone surgery in April, pulling him out of the season prematurely.
Bryant, speaking at the second stop of his China tour, said his Achilles tendon now feels strong and the surgery paid off well.
[Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers Player]:
"It was pretty innovative, the procedure that we did, in terms of how we attach the tendon and where it was torn. And you know, it's really complicated procedures that they normally do—and taking tendons from the big toe and bring it—and, you know, I don't want to bore you guys with nasty stuff. But we really simplified the procedure, and kind of took a risk with it, a calculated risk, and it's been very successful for us." 
The NBA giant did not say whether he would be ready to play pre-season.
[Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers Player]:
"We don't know. That's the thing about this injury, it's that the surgical procedure was different, how we did it was different. And because of that, the recovery has been different, the timetable has been different. You know, the normal timetable for recovering for an Achilles—we've shattered that. Three and a half months, I can already walk just fine, I'm doing and lifting weights with the Achilles just fine, and that's different. We don't know what that timetable's going to be. It's just kind of, it's new territory for us all." 
The five-time NBA champion then went to greet around twenty-five-thousand Chinese fans.
Some fans climbed up trees in hopes of catching a glimpse of the star, while others tried to cling to a small stage designated for staff.
Bryant is due to greet more fans in central China's Xi'an city on Monday, and will head east to the last stop of his tour, Shanghai, on August 7.

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