While the story on Tuesday was Steve Nash’s return to practice, it was another guard’s next step that should’ve really grabbed the headlines.
Kobe Bryant, who is “still” recovering from tearing his Achilles tendon eight months ago, scrimmaged for 30-45 minutes at Los Angeles Lakers practice on Tuesday – Mike D’Antoni said.
“Today was a good day,” D’Antoni said of Bryant’s first practice with the team since before the Lakers’ three-game road trip, nearly two weeks ago. “We’ll see tomorrow how he reacts and everything, but today was a big step forward.”
Even though D’Antoni admitted that Kobe scrimmaging was “a big step forward”, he didn’t want to commit to Kobe possibly making his season-debut on Friday against the Sacramento Kings – which has been reported as a possible comeback date for him.
“We don’t want to jump the gun. We don’t know,” D’Antoni said. “We’ll see if he’s able but like I said, today, it all looks good.”
D’Antoni said the 35-year-old Bryant was able to do “everything” during the first of three consecutive practices the Lakers have scheduled this week leading up to the Kings game.
“He’s Kobe,” D’Antoni said. “Practice is going to be different for him than the game, but he controls the game and I didn’t see anything he couldn’t do.”
Hmmm. Things are getting very interesting in Laker Land. Perhaps he does play on Friday, perhaps he doesn’t. One thing’s for sure, though. He’s getting close. Real close.