Lakers GM confident in Kobe Bryant

Updated: August 16, 2013, 12:37 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak doesn't doubt Kobe Bryant's will or toughness. When the 17-year veteran says he's way ahead of schedule in his recovery from a ruptured Achilles, Kupchak believes him.

But when assessing the state of the Lakers at this critical juncture -- after the departure of free agent center Dwight Howard -- the "uncertainty" of Bryant's health remains Kupchak's most pressing concern.

"The primary weakness is uncertainty. I don't think that's ...

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