The clock starts now for Lakers fans. Kobe Bryant has officially been medically cleared to return to basketball. As a fan, I hope Kobe doesn’t try to rush back. I hope he is ready to pull different tools out of his arsenal and take over the game in a new way. But first, he has to hit the court.
Bryant has full medical clearance, I was told Sunday by someone in a position to have such knowledge—meaning he can do anything and everything without restriction as the recovery from his ruptured left Achilles tendon nears its conclusion.
Lakers coaches and basketball operations staff are all content to wait for Bryant to decide in his own mind when he’s ready to resume one of the greatest careers in basketball history after one of the worst injuries that can befall any basketball player.
I say somewhere around Christmas, maybe the top of the year. This is the real, “return.”