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Bryant could be back by training camp

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Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant said he is way ahead of schedule in recovering from a ruptured Achilles' tendon.

The scheduled time timetable for recovery is typically six to nine months. Bryant, who was injured in April against the Golden State Warriors, suggested that he could be ready in time for training camp in September.

"The surgical procedure was different ... and because of that the recovery has been different," Bryant said while recently on tour in China, according to "The normal timetable for recovery from an Achilles, we've shattered that.

"Three-and-a-half months I can already walk just fine, I'm lifting weights with the Achilles just fine and that's different. So we don't know what that timetable is going to be. It's kind of new territory for us all."

Bryant's injury ended the Lakers' late-season playoff hopes. Initially, the team hoped that he could be ready by the beginning of the season but he may be back even sooner.
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