Before Friday night's game with the San Antonio Spurs, Bryant said he's running on flat ground ''a little bit more aggressively'' and improving the flexibility in his ankle. Bryant also works out regularly on a special treadmill at the Lakers' training complex.
While Bryant isn't projecting a return date, he has said he would need about three weeks of conditioning work before returning to practice. He thinks this week counts toward that total.
''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.''
Could Kobe return in as soon as 3 weeks?