LA Lakers NBA player Kobe Bryant follows the a game as he coaches a team made up of United Arab Emirates celebrities at the American University of Dubai September, 27, 2013. Bryant arrived for a Health and Fitness Weekend, to promote awareness of diabetes in the United Arab Emirates in his first trip to a Middle East country. AFP PHOTO/MARWAN NAAMANI (Photo credit should read MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - Kobe Bryant is uncertain when he'll return to the Los Angeles Lakers after missing last season's playoffs with a torn Achilles tendon.
Bryant is more certain about a few other things: He'll come back strong from his injury, and the Lakers will attempt to contend for another title even without Dwight Howard.
Bryant joined his teammates for the opening day of training camp Saturday, but he's still a long way from stepping on the practice court. The fourth-leading scorer in NBA history is running on a special treadmill and doing some court drills, but still isn't sprinting or playing basketball after surgery in mid-April.
Pau Gasol also will sit out a few days of practice while easing back from offseason treatment on his knees.
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