With training camp set to open Saturday Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak gauged the team's excitement level as high. As for expectations? He said those remain unknown tied to the progress of a still-sidelined Kobe Bryant. "No real expectations" Kupchak said Wednesday addressing the media in advance of the start of camp. "I do believe that [Bryant will] get back and he'll play this season. You won't be able to look at him and say that he's hurt. In other words some guys like myself when I hurt my knee I always had a limp. You won't be able to tell [with Bryant]." Kupchak wishes he could tell when Bryant who turned 35 last month will return to the court after undergoing surgery on a torn left Achilles in April. "I don't have a timeline" Kupchak said. "I really don't." The original recovery timeline the team provided following Bryant's procedure was six to nine months. Bryant while speaking on a Nike promotional tour in China in August said he "shattered" the "normal timetable for recovery." Earlier this summer Lakers vice president of player personnel Jim Buss said he would "bet a lot of money" that Bryant would be back in time for the preseason. The Lakers' first preseason game is Oct. 5 against the Golden State Warriors in Ontario Calif. one week after training camp begins. Bryant who is entering his 18th NBA season has been working out on an altered-gravity treadmill at 75 percent of his body weight. "You work your way up" Kupchak said. "When you get to 100 percent and you're there for a couple of days then you transition to the court. He has not been on the court yet but I'm not aware of any setback. When he gets to the court it's not like he's going to start practicing. There will be a lot of just movement shooting maybe flatfooted. It's going to take some time."
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