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Kobe Bryant stops practicing with the Lakers. Again.

Jan 10, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

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It was during the Colonel Kurtz-like decent into darkness that was the Lakers play around Christmas that Kobe Bryant decided to do something very Kobe — fight through his knee pain and swelling because he needed to practice with the team again. That knee had kept him from practicing all season but it was no longer going to be an issue, he decided. As if one can just decide that.

The Lakers were lacking energy and cohesion, and practice is where those things are earned, so Kobe returned to push his teammates in practice.

Well, that time is over.

Kobe went back to not practicing with the Lakers Monday, according to Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. Kobe shot and did some work on the side but was not part of the Lakers intensive practice. Phil Jackson was good with this.

…“it’s time for him to be back” to individual strength training and avoid extra “wearing, tearing on the court.”

“It’s not an issue,” Jackson said. “He has to work with what sustains the effort he can put on the court (in games).”

The Lakers have won four in a row and six out of seven. Sure, those wins primarily have not been against the most stellar competition the league has to offer, but considering the Lakers have lost at home to the Bucks and Pacers and Grizzlies, Lakers fans should just gladly accept the wins with a smile.

The energy is up, so it seems Kobe’s practice return did the job. For now. Next week and through the end of the month Los Angeles will get tested against better teams, then in February there comes the seven game Grammy road trip, which will be the midterm for the Lakers and Kobe’s knee.

  1. hungrybear22 - Jan 10, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    I don’t understand, what was the point of the offseason knee surgery if it did not fix the knee.

    • coachdanzy - Jan 10, 2011 at 7:15 PM

      I think the great John wooden said, “you would be a fool to treat your best player the same as the worst player” When the lights come on he shows up! Kobe is not some unproven amateur, he gives the fans exactly what they pay for entertainment at the highest level in his sport. Practice is important but not at the cost of him not being able to perform when it matters most in games where we fans spend our hard earned money. I remember when I flew to Miami to watch Alonzo Mourning play and he was ejected in the first two minutes of the game because of an over zealous official who thought everyone was there to see him officiate. We fans pay to see players play and display God given talent and that shouldn’t be hindered by nonsense…! I felt cheated and still do til this day….

    • zackd2 - Jan 10, 2011 at 8:15 PM

      Because if it’s “bone-on-bone” then you can’t “fix” it.

      • secdominance - Jan 10, 2011 at 11:01 PM

        actually you can, its just uncommon. he has the same problem Brandon Roy

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