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Lakers' Bryant iffy for season opener

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While he may be ahead of schedule in recovering from a torn left Achilles tendon, it is looking more unlikely that Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant will play in the preseason.

The Los Angeles Daily News reported Thursday that Bryant is still a few weeks away from running 100 percent on his own.

He was injured in April and recovery can take six to nine months.

Bryant's rehab involves running at 75 percent of his body weight on a treadmill. Lakers athletic trainer Gary Vitti said Bryant is still a few weeks away from full-weight bearing running.

"He's doing well and has had no setbacks," Vitti said at the team's practice facility in El Segundo, Calif. "There's no projected date. He'll be ready when he's ready. Nobody has a crystal ball on this thing."

Bryant must complete full-weight bearing running drills before he can participate in on-court basketball activities. Vitti said there is no timetable for when that will occur or whether he will be ready by the Oct. 29 season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Lakers start training camp Sept. 29. It is not clear if Bryant will play at all in the preseason.

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