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SHENZHEN, China -- The Lakers' Kobe Bryant waves to fans during an appearance in a shopping district.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kin Cheung / Associated Press

SHENZHEN, China -- Police hold back fans waiting for Kobe Bryant's arrival on Aug. 4.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kin Cheung / Associated Press

SHENZHEN, China -- The Lakers' Kobe Bryant shakes hand with fans on Aug. 4.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kin Cheung / Associated Press

SHENZHEN, China -- A crowd awaits Lakers star Kobe Bryant on Aug. 4.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kin Cheung / Associated Press

SHENZHEN, China -- The Lakers' Kobe Bryant drew a big crowd during an appearance on Aug. 4.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kin Cheung

SHENZHEN, China -- Are fans excited about the impending arrival of Kobe Bryant? You be the judge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kin Cheung / Associated Press

SHENZHEN, China -- Although an Achilles' injury prevented Kobe Bryant from playing basketball while making personal appearances in China, he was still able to show fans a few things.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kin Cheung / Associated Press

SHENZHEN, China -- Riot police keep things in check as fans await an appearance by Lakers star Kobe Bryant on Aug. 4.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kin Cheung / Associated Press

SHENZHEN, China -- Kobe Bryant chats with Chinese basketball players on Aug. 4.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kin Cheung / Los Angeles Times

SHENZHEN, China -- The Lakers' Kobe Bryant discusses his Achilles' tendon injury with Chinese basketball players on Aug. 4. "The normal timetable for recovery from an Achilles, we’ve shattered that," Bryant said while in Shenzhen.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kin Cheung / Associated Press

SHENZHEN, China -- Kobe Bryant attends a basketball clinic on Aug. 4.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kin Cheung / Associated Press

HONG KONG -- Kobe Bryant poses for a photo with a young fan Aug. 3.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kin Cheung / Associated Press

SHENZHEN, China -- Kobe Bryant greets fans on Aug. 4.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kin Cheung / Los Angeles Times

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Kobe Bryant visits China, and the crowd goes wild

Lakers star Kobe Bryant is visiting China, holding basketball clinics and doing promotional work for products he endorses, according to news reports. While there, he made some news, too, saying he and his doctors have “shattered” the timetable for recovery after the surgery to repair his torn Achilles’ tendon.

Bryant was injured April 12. “Three-and-a-half months [and] I can already walk just fine,” he said in Shenzhen, China, according to NBA.com. Whether Bryant will be ready to play when the Lakers open the season Oct. 29 against the Clippers is still to be determined. If the desires of rabid fans in the city of Shenzhen count for anything, though, don’t bet against it.

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