The YouTube clip above shows Bryant hitting two free throws in a win over the Golden State Warriors on April 12, after he had torn his Achilles tendon.
Bryant said recently he's unsure if he'll make it back in time for the Lakers' Oct. 29 season-opener against the Clippers -- but he believes he's ahead of the original six-to-nine month recovery timetable.
Through 17 seasons with the Lakers, starting in 1996, Bryant has won five NBA titles, one league MVP, 15 All-Star berths and two scoring titles.
Bryant has emphasized that his motivation is exclusively on winning a sixth championship.
The All-Star guard is now in the final year of his contract, earning $30.5 million. Bryant said earlier in the summer that he'd like to play three to four more years.
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August 23, 2013