Kobe's return remains a mystery

Updated: October 25, 2013, 11:43 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Kobe Bryant, meeting with reporters Thursday for the first time since the Los Angeles Lakers returned from their preseason trip to China last week, remained mum on his return to the court with the team's regular season set to tip off Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

"I was cranking it up the entire time I was in China," said Bryant, wearing a pressurized ice wrap on his surgically repaired left Achilles. "I've scaled back since, just to let it heal up a little bit more and get ...

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