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Kobe Bryant debuts Instagram video of first steps without boot

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Kobe Bryant helped kick off the new Instagram video feature on Thursday with a peek at his first few steps after shedding his walking boot. Kobe posted:

My first steps without the boot. Rockin the #medicalmambas Walkin like a baby giraffe. #achillesrupture #challenge #pray4bear #recovery http://instagram.com/p/aye-5sRNuL/

The clip was shot on June 1.  Bryant underwent surgery for a torn Achilles tendon on April 13.

The Lakers guard had hoped to make it back by opening night but recently suggested November or December may be more realistic.

Bryant was a slow adopter of social media, but over the past year he's become a presence online.

Recently the NBA named Bryant "the Social MVP" as part of its 2013 Social Media Awards.

Instagram, a popular photo-based social network, released its new video feature Thursday, allowing for clips up to 15 seconds long.

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