Kobe Bryant says he won’t play Friday, but doesn’t rule out a Sunday return

Oct 18, 2013; Shanghai, China; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) in pre-game warm up against the Golden State Warriors at Mercedes-Benz Arena. Mandatory Credit: Danny La-USA TODAY Sports

Word from Los Angeles Lakers practice is that Kobe Bryant is ready to go.

He’s been practicing at full speed this week and even got in some scrimmaging, which, in most cases, is the final stamp of approval in determining if a players is ready to play. But the biggest question still remains, when will he make his long-awaited season-debut?

The only thing we know for sure right now is that it won’t happen Friday, but could very well be on Sunday.

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Kobe Bryant has ruled himself out for the Los Angeles Lakers’ road game against the Sacramento Kings on Friday, the 18-year veteran told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Wednesday.

While Bryant won’t be making his long-awaited return from Achilles surgery against the Kings, after two consecutive days of practices, Bryant said he is moving into game-to-game territory when considering his comeback. Meaning, playing in the Lakers’ home game against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday is still a possibility for Bryant.

“It feels that way,” Bryant said at the launch event for his new Nike “Kobe 9″ signature sneaker at the MOCA in downtown Los Angeles. “It feels pretty good. This is the second day now that I’ve been able to get out there and move around and play and play pretty well and it felt like I could do anything that I wanted to do out there on the floor, so, we progress to (Thursday). On to tomorrow. Let’s see if I can go three days straight and then have another hard workout on Friday and kind of measure it accordingly.”

I always though that whenever he decided to make his return, it would be at home. He’ll have two chances to do that, before a four-game road trip that begins December 13, Sunday (against the Raptors) and Tuesday (against the Suns). I honestly think if Friday’s game against the Kings were a home game, that’d be his return date.

Topics: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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