The drama continues as NBA fans everywhere hold their breath for the return of Kobe Bryant from the Achilles injury he suffered last April. Love him or hate him, any NBA fan can’t help but wonder if we will see the Black Mamba of old once he returns, or if he will need to adapt his game. One thing remains for sure: he won’t return Sunday as the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Sacramento Kings in Staples Center.
Bryant, however, was able to partake in his own drills on Sunday morning and continues to improve and get closer to NBA action. The Lakers’ next games are Tuesday the 26th versus the Washington Wizards, Wednesday versus the Brooklyn Nets and Friday versus the Detroit Pistons. Coach Mike D’Antoni doesn’t see Bryant returning for any of these games and hopes to get his superstar shooting guard back on the court to begin December.
With a win Sunday versus the Kings, the Lakers can achieve a .500 win record at this point early in the season, which is much more then most expected out of this rebuilding, aging and injury-decimated team. Bryant’s upcoming return will surely continue to motivate the Lakers, whose bench players continue to help carry them to victory after victory.
Lakers center Pau Gasol continues to improve after a dismal beginning to the season, and Jordan Hill has been on a tear since being inserted into the starting lineup with multiple double-doubles. The return of the Mamba will help both find more success and less pressure.
Things are certainly looking up in Hollywood.
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