As the big news of Kobe Bryant returning to practice with the team on Friday continues to show how close he is to his imminent return, the fact that he has yet to suffer any major setbacks means he’s truly getting close. The Los Angeles Lakers clearly need their superstar shooting guard back to have a chance this season, as Pau Gasol and Steve Nash have been ineffective at best. Bryant took some shots at shoot around Sunday, yet Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni made it clear he’s still without an exact return date.
Bryant clearly won’t play in the Lakers’ Sunday night game against the Detroit Pistons and have tomorrow off, yet Tuesday, Bryant is expected to be back out there practicing with the team. Their next game is Friday against the Golden State Warriors on Friday, Nov. 22, and although Bryant is a long shot to play, it is entirely too soon to rule out the ‘Black Mamba’ with this game almost a week away. Following that game, the Lakers have two more days off until a three game stretch over Nov. 24, Nov. 26 and Nov. 27. Bryant is getting closer to making his season debut during that three game stretch.
As the scrutiny intensifies on Bryant this week, the rumors and drama surrounding the situation will surely intensify as well. The debates will range from whether or not he’s rushing back early, to whether or not he will even be the Mamba we all loved to watch before the horrific injury on April 12, only an eight short months ago.
There is no doubt Bryant is a warrior and will be back on the court as soon as possible. The wait is almost over, fellow Laker’s fans, as Bryant is getting extremely close to his return.
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