Kobe Bryant makes step forward in recovery

Only 24 days has passed since having surgery on a torn left Achilles’ tendon, and Kobe Bryant has already proven he can stand on his left foot without a walking boot.

“Foot on the ground!” Bryant wrote on Twitter before showing a picture via Instagram of him doing just that. Bryant then added the hashtags, pray4bear, standup, mambaarmy.

Bryant isn’t routinely walking on his left foot, though. The Lakers had estimated that he’d stay immobilized for at least a month. When he changed from a cast to a walking boot two weeks ago, Bryant indicated he’d wear the device for a “few months.” He even arrived at the Lakers’ practice facility last week in his exit interview resting his left left while riding a portable scooter.

Still, Bryant’s has shown enough progress where he can at least apply some pressure to his left foot without compromising his recovery, a process that could last at least another five to eight months.

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