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No timeline for Kobe Bryant's return

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CHICAGO (AP) - Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is riding a bike and trying not to think about when he might be able to play again.

Bryant missed the start of the season while he recovered from surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon. Then he broke a bone in his left knee Dec. 17 at Memphis while playing his fourth game in five nights.

Bryant says his return is "up in the air" until he gets back on the court. He is limited to mostly bike work right now.

Playing without Bryant and Steve Nash, the Lakers had lost 12 of 15 heading into Monday night's game at Chicago. But Los Angeles had won two in a row since a six-game losing streak, and Bryant says the team had been competing and playing hard.

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Charles January 21 2014 at 12:26 AM

The body has a way of telling you what you should do, and his is screaming right now, it's time , it's time.

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Cookie January 21 2014 at 2:00 AM

The NBA season is too long and too grueling. Being a professional athlete should not mean having to play yourself to death. Look at my poor Bulls; they have been hurting and injured all season.
The league should come to terms with the human cost and be content with making a few less millions.

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esaustew January 21 2014 at 10:46 AM

It is always hard for a great athlete to accept decline, as we all must, but they are more acutely aware of what true physical conditioning means. When you are young athlete, you can push through anything and bounce back. But when the injuries accumulate, no matter how great your desire, you have to let go. Thanks Kobe for all the great years of basketball. It's time to kick it with Michael and have some fun.

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johnnymac862 January 21 2014 at 10:48 AM

its time Kobe.....your body is telling you its time to move aside and do something else with your life if you so choose....but basketball ( in the NBA) is over. you're still a young guy, have fun with the rest of your life. God knows you dont need any more money, so live a long healthy happy life with your wife and kids.

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frcontrerasc johnnymac862 January 21 2014 at 10:52 AM

Wise words. He gave us so many years of enjoyment playing the game we love at the highest level. Go out with class

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Richard January 21 2014 at 12:04 AM

wait until you are completely healed and then just take it slow. You have shown that you can come back and still play at a high level. Screw all the people who talk smack against you, Come back and get one more championship then retire! Go Lakers!

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walterwds3 January 21 2014 at 10:53 AM

I think Kobe has finally realized he is just a pawn in the big game. The man shouldn't let the powers that be play with his emotions. Retire on your terms or be carried out on theirs! Let us see you are smarter than the average bear.

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Fred January 21 2014 at 11:11 AM

It's a blow when your told you can't make your living like that anymore.

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swanzshine January 21 2014 at 1:31 AM

Kobe, my heart goes out to you as a Mother. Please know you still have so much to be thankful for, you are Blessed with a beautiful wife and two adoring daughters. Your family needs you, use wisdom, we will not think any less of you if you retire early. Your health is most important take care of yourself first and know you have been blessed abundantly. Be Encouraged! you R loved :-)

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Margaret January 21 2014 at 8:04 AM

One of the Best ever!

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forrestpallet January 21 2014 at 9:32 AM

great player

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