Lakers athletic trainer Gary Vitti has been at his job since the 1984-85 season making him maybe the best L.A. source at judging how an injured player is progressing in his rehabilitation. Vitti has been keeping a careful eye on Kobe Bryant as the All-Star shooting guard rehabs following surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon he suffered on April 12 vs. Golden State.

Bryant has been active on various forms of social media since the injury updating fans on his Facebook Twitter and Vine accounts. In August he went as far as to say he had ‘shattered’ the recovery timetable.
While Bryant is progressing well Vitti is tempering the expectations of both Bryant and his legion of fans as training camp nears.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Los Angeles Daily News‘ Mark Medina Vitti said the Lakers are continuing a conservative approach in getting Bryant up to speed. The longtime trainer also said that Bryant is already running on a treadmill though with a contraption that helps support him and he will be up to running with his full body weight soon.