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Kobe Bryant sat out Thursday Lakers practice with mild Achilles soreness

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant of Los Angeles Lakers waves to his fans during NBA Fan Appreciation Day event ahead of a 2013-2014 NBA preseason game against Golden State Warriors in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. Lakers will compete against Warriors in two NBA preseason games respectively in Shanghai on Friday. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)


The expectations in Los Angeles are out of control.

The reality is that no matter your will power or conditioning, a ruptured Achilles tendon is tough to come back from. It can be done, but the process is not smooth, it has fits and starts.

Even for Kobe Bryant, who practiced Tuesday and Wednesday with the Lakers, but not Thursday.

This isn’t a setback so much as just par for the course for this injury. Soreness in this recovery is inevitable, but you have to be cautious and not risk reinjury.

This news should put a cap on the speculation Kobe might return this weekend, either Friday or Sunday. After that the Lakers head out on a three game road trip and maybe that is when he returns.