Fresh off an April 13 surgery to repair his torn left Achilles' tendon, Kobe Bryant announced via Twitter on Tuesday he is out of his cast.
"Cast off today. I have zero swelling and virtually no pain. Boot now for a few months. I start therapy..." Bryant tweeted with a link to an Instagram photo.
The image shows Bryant's foot secured in the boot he will be wearing for some time.
The initial prognosis for his return is six to nine months after surgery. Both the Lakers and Bryant hope he'll be available in time for training camp.
Recovering from such a significant injury may delay his return and diminish Bryant's athleticism. The Lakers owe him $30.5 million in salary for next season.