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Kobe Bryant can run again, but is a long way from playing

Apr 14, 2012, 7:43 PM EST

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You will not be seeing the Black Mamba much for the remainder of the season. As Kobe Bryant coninues to deal with a painful shin injury, the Lakers are expected to be extremely cautious with him in advance of the NBA playoffs. What had started as a relatively minor injury has brought up talk that Bryant could have played his last regular season game, though the possibility is remote. In fact, as the L.A. Times reports, Bryant is only just now moving to the phase where he can run without pain.

Bryant will now begin running again, and if that is pain-free, can begin drills that involve jumping. If there is no discomfort at that point, he will be cleared to play.

There’s a chance he will miss the rest of the regular season, though it is considered a longshot.

Bryant sitting out 10 consecutive games to end the regular season?

“I don’t think so,” Brown said before the game. “We knew it was going to be a process. We knew it

was an injury where we didn’t want to rush him back. But he is making progress.”

via Lakers turn to B-team to beat Nuggets, clinch playoff berth – latimes.com.

The Lakers have actually flourished without Bryant. Not because of his absence, don’t get worked up, Kobe fans. But because of the impetus for supporting players to step up has caused an increase in confidence and production from Metta World Peace, Matt Barnes, and others. If they can integrate Bryant successfully back into the fold without losing the chemistry they’ve developed on the floor, the Lakers could have something serious come playoff time.

Of course that’s a big if. It certainly sounds as if Bryant won’t be back until the very least another week, giving him only a couple of games to get back into full motion. Then again, considering Bryant’s experience in the playoffs, it’s hard to see him having trouble ramping up his gear to the right level. It’s awkward timing, but assuming the process heals the injury right, it shouldn’t be an area of a concern for the Lakers, and actually a welcome opportunity to rest the rest of Bryant’s body.

  1. larrybrown43 - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    It doesn’t matter. The regular season meaningless anyway. Especially once you clinch a playoff spot. The Spurs shut it down a week ago. Dwight Howard’s back will be better in two weeks.

    • llfreedman - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      as long as you don’t have to play Memphis in the first round…Lakers need to hold onto that 3rd spot.

  2. rexismybff - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Playoff teams with their playoff positions nearly guaranteed, shutting down their big stars to rest up minor injuries before the playoffs start – shocking.

    About as shocking as NFL’ers skipping the Pro Bowl due to a tummy ache.

    Who loses out? The morons who already bought the massively overpriced tickets to the rest of the regular season games. As always.

  3. omniusprime - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    It’s good that Bryant is getting some much needed rest before the playoffs begin and that incompetent coach Brown has to figure out an offense that doesn’t involve Kobe. Good to see the role players step up, we’ll need the bench to play much better than they have this season. This kind of injury has to be blamed on Clueless Mike’s over reliance on Kobe, making him play too many minutes.

    Considering all that’s gone on this season Kobe deserves the MVP award that has been stolen from him so many seasons before, he has brought the Lakers through a lot of turmoil to have such a good record.

    • trueballs - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      Kobe has been amazing this year. He hasn’t had this much lift in a few years, thanks to those new knees he got in the offseason.
      But I view the MVP award as: if you replaced him with someone else, how would the team do? With the 2nd best center in the NBA and Pau Gasol you could replace Kobe with almost any other SG and they would still be a top 4 team in the West. Not taking away from Kobe’s brilliance in late-game situations (he’s the greatest shot maker ever), but he’s usually the reason why the team always has a chance for a final shot. Their point differential should be much higher.

      • progress2011 - Apr 15, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        Dude…” the greatest shot maker ever ” ….that’s beyond delirious !!!

        Have you ever attended a Harlem Globetrotter exhibition ? They are phenomenal trick shot artists.

        They can consistently make a multitude of H.O.R.S.E type shots….aka kobe !

        But that doesn’t mean they understand or have the patience and discipline to play a ” fundamental ” game of basketball.

        When kobe’s career is over, he will be regarded as a good trick shot artist. He would be a great addition to the aging Harlem Globetrotter squad though.

  4. progress2011 - Apr 15, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Kobe has taken 172 more shots than Durant BUT KD leads him in scoring by 25 points !!!

    Reading some of the ” excuses ” from delirious laker fans is absolutely hilarious.

    The laker-nation blame game to defend the over hyped Harlem Globetrotter, And1 jack-up artist never ends !

    Over the history of his career, every team member has been to blame, coaches, next it will be the fans and the concession stand vendors fault, when he goes 8 for 21 and shoots his team out of a game.

    The guy never learned how to play ” Team Ball ” ….like passing, when your shot is off !

    There is a reason, he has only been MVP once….it’s not a conspiracy or a mistake.

    Taking 172 more shots than a KD but still trail by 25….says it all !

  5. cowboychris5xchamps - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    “Kobe Bryant can run again” who’s he running to his ex-wife? Begging her back!!!! I guess he wants that half of his money back…..

    • progress2011 - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:13 PM

      Ahahahahah…..Hilarious cowboy !

      She probably has found a stud and the new guy getting kobe’s money with “benefits” from wifee’ !

      I told my ole lady, we need a divorce cause I need to go visit Mrs. Ex-Bryant !

      ahahahaha

  6. cowboychris5xchamps - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    @progress2011 you’re a wild dude! I bet you did that s#!* for real….my kinda guy! Lmao!

    • progress2011 - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:23 PM

      Many years (TDY- Temporary Duty) in the Corps…I got a few stories. But I really do wanna go to Cali !

      Told wifee’, I will send the alimony checks because me and Mrs. Ex-Bryant, need to get TOGETHER !

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