Kobe Bryant has is not suffered any setbacks in his bid to return from injury, according to the LA Lakers, after the NBA legend claimed he has 'scaled back' his recovery in recent weeks.
The 35-year-old has not played for the Lakers since sustaining a torn Achilles tendon against Golden State in April, with an initial estimate on his return date between six and nine months.
This season will be the first in seven years that the Lakers will begin without Bryant, who would appear to be some way off playing competitively after revealing he has slowed things down of late.
The Lakers, though, state that this does not represent a set-back for Bryant, and remains very much on the comeback trail, even if a date is yet to be set for his return.
Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni has been pleased with the progress Bryant has been making, and says it makes sense that the Olympic gold medalist will have periods of down time in his rehab.
"He pushed it pretty good, now he's just letting it settle in, then he'll up it again," D'Antoni said, as reported by ESPN.
"I think there will be some starts and ends and starts. That's just the way it goes. He'll just have to monitor it and he knows better than anybody, so he'll know what to do."
The Lakers play their first match of the NBA season against the LA Clippers on Tuesday.