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Kobe Bryant (Achilles) said he will not play against the Kings on Friday.
There was a decent chance that he could make his debut on Friday. In fact, NBATV switched the Lakers into the national spotlight against the Kings. Kobe said he would not rule out Sunday's game against the Raptors. NBA fans will have to wait a little while longer before the Black Mamba can return. Xavier Henry and Nick Young will have some value for a little while longer.
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Kobe Bryant (Achilles) will be a full participant for practice on Wednesday.
Coach Mike D'Antoni added that Bryant responded well to Tuesday's practice. There is some optimism that Kobe can make a debut on Friday night against the Kings and two back-to-back full practices supports that claim. He probably won't be able to go all out right away, but Kobe has a ton on his shoulders with the Lakers' backcourt basically decimated by injuries.
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Kobe Bryant (Achilles) did "everything" during the Lakers' practice on Tuesday, and Mike D'Antoni said that he "looked good."
Momentum is slowly building toward a potential return for Kobe on Friday, but that's far from guaranteed. He may address the media following Wednesday's practice, which would give us a much clearer idea of whether he'll suit up vs. the Kings.
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Kobe Bryant (Achilles) went through shooting drills on Sunday morning.
He is still not going to play tonight and there is some hope he'll be able to play on Friday against the Kings. Bryant played 38.6 minutes per game last season and his owners should be expecting that number to come down quite a bit this year. That said, underestimating the Black Mamba is not usually a good idea.
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Kobe Bryant (Achilles) practiced and went through 5-on-0 drills on Saturday, but he has been ruled out for Sunday's home game.
This isn't surprising since the Lakers have four consecutive off days from Monday through Thursday, before returning to action at Sacramento on Friday. Kobe and Steve Nash will both test themselves during the extended break, so check back for potential updates in the coming days.
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Kobe Bryant (Achilles) said that he is "probably weeks" away from making his season debut.
This doesn't guarantee that Kobe will miss a few more weeks, but it doesn't bode well for the Lakers' game on Dec. 1. After that game L.A. has four consecutive days off before facing the Kings in Sacramento on Dec. 6. He also mentioned that he's "comfortable" with the idea of having a minute-limit when he returns to action, but that's yet to be determined.
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Kobe Bryant skipped Tuesday's shootaround and isn't expected to play against the Wizards.
While it feels like we're getting closer to a Kobe return, it wasn't likely to happen on this road trip. The Lakers also play on the road Wednesday and Friday, meaning that a Dec. 1 home return against Portland looks like the first real chance for him to play.
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Kobe Bryant signed a two-year contract extension with the Lakers on Monday, keeping him in purple and gold through the 2015-16 season.
Kobe is already the franchise leader in games played (1,239), steals (1,828), points (31,617), and most offense-related categories, while ranking third in rebounds and assists. He has frequently said that he plans to retire a Laker and it was a no-brainer for the team to lock up their global superstar. The deal is reportedly worth $48 million over two years. He's on the cusp of returning from Achilles surgery but may not debut until early December, and the Lakers' lack of practice time is a complicating factor for his return date.
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Mike D'Antoni said on Saturday that it will be tough for Kobe Bryant to make his debut during the Lakers three-game road trip that starts on Tuesday at Washington.
That means he's out for Sunday's home game against the Kings, and doubtful to play on the road on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Maybe he'll play in one of those games, but a return on Dec. 1 at home against the Blazers sounds like a more realistic goal.
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Kobe Bryant may or may not have gone through Lakers practice on Saturday, although either way, he only did some running and shooting.
There are conflicting reports about whether or not he actually practiced with the team, but we do know he got some work in. It wasn't a real tough test for Bryant, but the fact he felt good enough to be on the court is encouraging after he missed Thursday's practice. He's working his way back, but we still don't know exactly when he'll be ready to play in a game.