They won’t have to wait that long.
Bryant has been medically cleared for all basketball activities, according to league sources.
Kobe was initially expected to be out nine months. He beat that by a couple weeks, surely a point of pride.
It’s remarkable Kobe has made it this far, and he deserves credit for his remarkable devotion to training.
But health remains an unavoidable concern for the 37-year-old. Few players who’ve missed so many games at Kobe’s age make it back, let alone successfully.