Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said Sunday he does not anticipate Kobe Bryant returning from his Achilles' tendon injury within the next two weeks.

"I don't see that in the next week or two because you've got to be on the court. You've got to practice. You've got to play," Kupchak, speaking at a morning event for season-ticket holders at Staples Center, said of the team's All-Star guard.

Bryant said recently that he's gotten in two of the three weeks of intense conditioning he needs before considering a return date.

The Lakers undoubtedly will work Bryant slowly back into practice before he sees his first NBA game action since tearing his Achilles' tendon in April.

"Clearly we don't know what this team is all about until Kobe gets back, and when he gets back, how is he going to play?" Kupchak said. "I know he's going to come back competitive. I know he's going to be productive. But that's when we're going to find out what kind of team we have."

Kupchak also gave credit to Commissioner David Stern, who is retiring in February, for globalizing the NBA game, though Kupchak couldn't resist one verbal jab.