"Well, we're in Vegas, and I would bet a lot of money that this guy comes back probably in preseason," Buss told NBA TV.
The Lakers' 2013 NBA preseason begins on October 5 when the Lakers play the Golden State Warriors in Ontario, California. Preseason ends on October 25 in Anaheim, California where the Lakers play the Utah Jazz.
Bryant is expected to begin running in roughly three weeks. The Lakers have added depth behind Bryant by signing Wesley Johnson, Jordan Farmar and Nick Young while also picking up Jodie Meeks' player option. There is still no official timetable on Bryant's return, though multiple reports have indicated he is progressing at an accelerated pace.
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