Dec 3, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT
The real test comes Wednesday — it’s not how Kobe Bryant looked in practice Tuesday that will determine if he returns to the Lakers lineup Friday night, it’s how he feels 24 hours later.
Still, he looked good.
That according to everyone who saw him. Here are some tweets from Lakers reporters out of the practice.
Gasol on Kobe: “He looked really good actually … you can tell he’s been working.”—
Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) December 03, 2013
There is no doubt Kobe was much further along in practice today than one week ago. He was faster, cutting sharper, jumping more.—
KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) December 03, 2013
As noted above, what matters most is how Kobe’s body responds tomorrow. Notice that the dunk above is off the right foot, not the repaired left. As is to be expected.
Kobe did not speak to the media (likely he will not until Thursday) but you get the feeling he will be back this weekend.
The Lakers play at Sacramento on Friday night then host Toronto on Sunday.
Don’t expect to see Steve Nash in either of those games. He practiced for 10 minutes but both the reporters there and Nash himself noted he looked much farther away.
Nash: "I have no doubt that I'll get back on the court … w/ all the issues w/ my spine … it’s a matter of how sustainable is it"—
Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 03, 2013
Steve Nash: "If I race to come back Friday and it’s not quite right, I could be out forever or for months"—
Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 03, 2013
The Lakers are without Jordan Farmar for the next month due to a torn hamstring, leaving Steve Blake as the only point guard healthy and active. The loss of Farmar is a blow to the second unit, where he helped orchestrate a surprisingly successful unit. Farmar also had some good run next to Blake. Now Mike D’Antoni is going to have to scramble his rotations a lot.
Of course, he was going to have to do that with Bryant’s return anyway.
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