Kobe Bryant is recovering from a torn right rotator cuff that he suffered last season, which was his third consecutive season-ending injury. He began shooting about three weeks ago, and Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak expects Bryant to be ready for training camp, according to Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports.
However, Kupchak said the team plans to bring Bryant along slowly, and he’ll be closely monitored in camp, which begins in a few weeks in Hawaii:
“My understanding is that he’ll be ready for camp,” said Kupchak, whose team has exhibition games scheduled at the University of Hawaii against the Utah Jazz on Oct. 4 and Oct. 6. “Knowing Kobe, he will try to participate in every practice in camp. But myself and (head coach) Byron (Scott) are going to have something to say about that. So I’m sure there will be a practice or two or three where we won’t let him practice, but I do expect him to be full bore at camp.”
Playing it safe with Kobe is the smart play, and his minutes are also expected to be monitored in the regular season in an attempt to keep him healthy for the long haul.
In other Lakers news, Kupchak mentioned that there have indeed been discussions with Metta World Peace about a comeback, although nothing is finalized.