Kobe Bryant ditches walking boot for ‘medical mamba’ shoe

Seven weeks after suffering a torn left Achilles tendon, Kobe Bryant no longer feels confined with a certain accessory every time he walks.

The recovery still continues enough for the Lakers to expect Bryant to sit out at least another four to seven months. But Bryant has come a long way since suffering the season-ending injury April 12 against the Golden State Warriors. Bryant had his cast removed 11 days after the injury. He had stitches taken out a week later. Just over a week afterwards, Bryant managed enough strength to put his foot on the ground, though he still kept a boot on to minimize the pain.

Should Bryant return by or before the early portion of the Lakers’ expected timetable, he could suit up in time for the team’s season opener in late October. If not, Bryant could miss one or two months of the beginning of the season. Based on Bryant’s progress and well-documented history, it’s safe to assume the former scenario will happen.

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