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Los Angeles Lakers Still Anxiously Await Kobe Bryant’s Return

Kirby Lee – USA TODAY Sports

As Kobe Bryant took the practice court Wednesday all signs still looked good for a Friday return against the Sacramento Kings.

 

Bryant took part fully in practice both Tuesday and Wednesday and even participated fully in 5-on-5 full court scrimmages. Yet it turns out we are going to have to wait until at least Sunday’s game with the Toronto Raptors for the return of the Black Mamba. Bryant has not suffered a setback in his recovery from his Achilles injury he is simply taking a few more days to get healthy — a wise decision by the veteran star. A Sunday return is still not a guarantee, but it looks to be the earliest you could expect to see him on the court.

Practice has been going well for Bryant as he has been seen dunking the ball and playing well as a facilitator to his teammates — a role he is going to see a lot of in the near future. The Los Angeles Lakers are more or less without a point guard at the moment as Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar are all suffering from various injuries. Bryant will likely see himself playing plenty of minutes at the point as the other guards nurse their way back to health. Nash is still without a definite timetable to return due to nerve damage and Farmar will be out at least six weeks with a tear in his hamstring. It is going to be a lengthy process of to get the Lakers’ guards back to full health.

The Lakers’ record is an even 9-9 which is quite impressive considering the adversity they have faced to begin the year. Now it is time for Laker Nation to get their Mamba back.

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