Pau Gasol (@paugasol) August 23, 2013
Bryant said recently he's unsure if he'll make it back in time for the Lakers' Oct. 29 season-opener against the Clippers -- but he believes he's ahead of the original six-to-nine month recovery timetable.
Through 17 seasons with the Lakers, starting in 1996, Bryant has won five NBA titles, one league MVP, 15 All-Star berths and two scoring titles.
Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) August 23, 2013
Bryant has emphasized that his motivation is exclusively on winning a sixth championship.
The All-Star guard is now in the final year of his contract, earning $30.5 million. Bryant said earlier in the summer that he'd like to play three to four more years.