When Kobe Bryant was medically cleared for basketball activities this previous week, it was some of the biggest and most exciting news to come out of the Los Angeles Lakers since they decided to bench Chris Kaman. There was some minor speculation that Bryant would return Friday night versus the Golden State Warriors, but that stands to havr no chance of happening as there is no rush to get him back on the court and complicate the finals steps of his rehab.
Bryant practiced in full both Tuesday and Wednesday before sitting out Thursday’s practice with some soreness in his repaired Achilles.
Relax! This is completely normal as Bryant puts strain on the repaired tendon through intense practices; it is just part of the healing process. It just completely rules Bryant out till at least the middle of next week on his long-anticipated return. There are sure to be other minor inconveniences as the superstar looks to return from such a major injury, but for now all signs are looking good for the ‘Black Mamba’ to retake the court before December 1, and the Lakers clearly need him.
The fate of Steve Nash‘s career coupled with the atrocious play of Pau Gasol have little to do with the decent 5-7 start for the Lakers. Both the record and the impressive wins over teams like the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers have come from fresh new faces and energetic bench play. The addition of Bryant back into the starting lineup will ease the burdens of everyone as there is still plenty of hope for the Lakers this year.
Be sure to follow Ian Meredith on Twitter @Cui2iousGeoi2ge