Kobe Bryant Will Defy All Kinds Of Gravity To Heal His Foot

The Black Mamba is coming back.

1. It’s only been four months since Kobe Bryant slipped in a game against the Golden State Warriors and tore his Achilles tendon.

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2. It was a rough sight, even as Bryant then shot (and made!) two free throws on one leg.

3. Despondent in the immediate aftermath, Bryant had surgery on his left foot and has been rehabbing in the hopes of being ready in time for October 29 — the first game of the 2013-14 season.

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4. The scar, it must be said, is pretty bad-ass.

5. Bryant’s latest rehab trick is working out on a sweet anti-gravity treadmill at the Lakers’ practice facility.

6. Bryant is running on one of AlterG’s treadmills, which can run about $30,000 a pop.

7. Even Alabama’s football team has one now.

8. But it’s a small price, regardless, if it helps get Bryant out of street clothes …

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9. And back into a Laker uniform by opening night.

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