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Kobe Bryant hopes to start shooting in 6 weeks, updates shoulder injury

Also, how long does Bryant wish he could continue playing?

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Kobe Bryant analyzed Game 3 of the 2015 NBA Finals for the China-based Sina Sports broadcast, but he also took time away from breaking down the performances of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors to give fans an update on the recovery process of the torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder:

"The strength of my shoulder is getting better and better by the day," [Bryant] said. "Hopefully, I'll be shooting the ball in a month and a half."

For Bryant to begin shooting in about six weeks is right about in line for the 9 month recovery timetable the Lakers laid out after Bryant underwent surgery to repair the tear in January.

Besides his shoulder injury, one of the most frequently talked about Bryant-related subjects recently has been how long he will continue to play, with most prognosticating that 2015-16 will be the five-time champion's final season. "I wish I could play 20 more years. But I think there're other fun things that we can do," Bryant said, while also mentioning what he would like to do after his playing days are over. "Stay close to the game and continue this great relationship that we've forged over the years. Teaching the game more. Teaching some more philosophies."

Presumably Bryant's teachings would involve the relative difficulty of winning a shootout with a butter knife, and why everyone should learn to let go and just #letitfly.

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