While Andrew Bynum’s knee has received the most attention of late, Kobe Bryant also had his knee operated upon in the off-season, as detailed in a team press release on July 23:
“In response to recent media inquiries, it has been announced today that Kobe Bryant recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. The successful surgery was performed last week. Bryant is currently undergoing rehab and is expected to be fully recovered prior to the start of the Lakers’ training camp on September 25.”
During his press conference on Friday morning at the team’s practice facility, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson offered further commentary on the two-time defending Finals MVP.
“He’s been working really hard the last month,” said Jackson. “Five, six weeks ago, (Lakers Director of Athletic Performance) Chip Schaefer sent me a note that said it looks like it’s going to be just working with Kobe during training camp and preseason games. (But) just recently, Kobe said he’s starting to move and feel the right way, and I anticipate he’s going to play some minutes even over in Europe.”
In other words, Bryant appears ready to go, as the first preseason game in Europe is only 10 days away, on Oct. 4 in London against the Minnesota Timberwolves.