Q: On if he’ll be back by the beginning of the next season: Vitti: That’s the plan. (Timetable recovery they said is six to nine months). Q: On the severity of the injury: Vitti: There are no good Achilles tendon ruptures. Third-degree rupture. It’s gone. It has to be sewn back together.
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On if Kobe will be ready by the beginning of next season: Kupchak: Speaking to him this morning, that certainly was his goal. I think it’d be aggressive to think he can be ready by training camp. I think that’s a realistic goal for him (November 1) based on what he was talking about this morning.
On the next steps after surgery: Vitti: He’ll be immobilized for quite awhile – a month or more. Then like anything else, he’ll start working on strength and range of motion. This isn’t something you want to speed up or accelerate. You don’t want to lengthen the tendon too soon because then that destroys the repair. It’s a very delicate process of getting the strength and length back into the tendon without overloading it too soon.