Kobe Bryant is confident that he is nearing a full recovery from the Achilles tendon injury that has ruled him out since April.
The Lakers' shooting guard has been penned in for a return on numerous occasions, but the date has been repeatedly postponed.
However Bryant insists he is recovering well from his affliction, and prior to his side's game against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night, offered an insight into how he was faring with his treatment.
"This week it's done pretty well, actually," Bryant said.
"It's been OK. I've been able to push pretty hard and come back, push hard again. The recovery of it has been pretty good."
Bryant did suggest that it may take him a while yet to return to full first-team duties for the Lakers, and hasn't yet decided upon a specific date on which he might start playing again.
"It's going from having the ankle locked up for so long. It wouldn't move. You have that limited range of motion, I don't have to tell you the domino effect that has on the other parts of the body," he added.
"There's nothing I can do about it. I measure my injuries very well. If it's something I can play through and it won't get worse, I'll play. If it's something that will get worse, I have to make those decisions."
The Lakers are so far experiencing indifferent fortunes this season, having beaten Los Angeles' rivals the Clippers, as well as the Atlanta Hawks, but lost to both Golden State and the San Antonio Spurs in their opening four games.
Fans will be hoping for Bryant to return as soon as possible, with the 35-year-old searching for more success in his 18th campaign in the NBA.