All indications were that the shoulder injury suffered by Kobe Bryant would force him to miss the remainder of this season.

A report surfaced shortly thereafter that Bryant is “definitely coming back” to play next season — and after undergoing successful surgery on Wednesday, the timetable for his return would put him right at the cusp of being ready for the start of the 2015-16 campaign.

The official release:

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who injured his right shoulder in last Wednesday night’s game against the Pelicans in New Orleans, underwent a successful surgery this morning to repair a torn rotator cuff. The approximately two-hour procedure was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. Steve Lombardo at the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. Bryant, who is expected to make a full recovery, will be out for approximately nine months.

“I expect Kobe to make a full…

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