Sources: Kobe Bryant returns to practice with Lakers

After seven months of rehabilitating a torn Achilles tendon, Kobe Bryant finally returned to practice with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Bryant had been gathering momentum with weeks of increased running, shooting and basketball-related activities that culminated with him rejoining the Lakers on the practice court on Saturday morning.

Bryant has made remarkable progress from such serious injury, but it's unclear how long it will take for him to return to play his first game this season. All along, Bryant had hoped he could play his first game within two to three weeks of his return to practice. Still, his debut will depend on how he progresses in full-contact workouts with his team.

Bryant, 35, suffered the Achilles injury on April 13 against Golden State.

Los Angeles (4-7) is desperate for Bryant's return, needing his star power to bolster a modestly talented roster.