One of the biggest questions in the upcoming NBA season is how well Kobe Bryant can perform after sustaining two major leg injuries in the past 18 months. Bryant tore his left Achilles tendon on April 12, 2003. Then on Dec. 17, 2003, he suffered a fracture in his left knee.
Taking into account the injuries and the recovery process, our roundtable of fitness experts analyze Bryant's situation. Here are Travelle Gaines, personal trainer for many professional athletes; Dr. Patrick Khaziran, a specialist in helping athletes recover from injury; and AJ Diggs, a basketball skills instructor: