For a man who has refused to provide any timetables on his return, Kobe Bryant suggested he could play under certain circumstances.
“If today was a playoff [game] or NBA Finals, could I play? Probably,” Bryant told reporters in Beijing. “I don’t know how well I would play, but I’d get out there and do something.”
Bryant said last week in Los Angeles that he needed three weeks of conditioning before practicing with the team. But he had yet to do so because he hadn’t made enough progress yet in his explosiveness and jumping. Bryant also indicated that he has been out of shape, thanks to indulging during his six-month rehab on donuts and sugar cookies.
But Bryant since tweeted he lost five pounds in a single day. He also told reporters he planned to run on the practice court on Monday.
“I’ve been running on a treadmill and I feel pretty damn good,” Bryant told reporters. “I haven’t pushed it, pushed it, pushed it yet. I’ve done some pretty heavy running on the treadmill over the last three days.
“I haven’t had any pain or any soreness whatsoever. It’s kind of a flexibility thing, getting the range of motion back.”
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