When the seemingly indestructible Kobe Bryant went down with a torn Achilles tendon, no one was quite sure what to expect for his return.

At 34, Bryant is at an advanced age to rehab and return with the same ability and athleticism. The Lakers projected Bryant to come back at 6-9 months after he had surgery on April 13.

Because Bryant has played with and through so many injuries, it's easy to imagine he would hit the earlier part of that prognosis, but Bryant recently said on ESPN 710 Radio that he wants to return in November or December, which would be 7-8 months.

"I'm shooting for November, December latest,” Bryant said. “That's my goal in my head...Once I'm ready to go, its gonna be on"

At the time of Bryant’s injury, Sporting News’ Sean Deveney spoke with two doctors who said six months was the best-case scenario for Bryant, and that even then he was unlikely to be the same.

In fact, Dr. Ken Huh, an orthopedic surgeon in Long Beach, Calif., said nine months minimum is typically what he would expect for a player of Bryant’s ilk to return to full health.