Thursday, April 19th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  20 responses

Kobe Bryant Ready to Play on Friday

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

There were three pieces of good news for the Los Angeles Lakers last night: they won easily against the Golden State Warriors, held on to the third seed in the Western Conference, and perhaps most importantly, found out that Kobe Bryant is ready to resume playing basketball again.

Bryant, who went through a pain-free workout prior to the contest, announced his intention to return to action during an in-game interview, and elaborated on the matter during a postgame pow-wow with reporters. Kobe claimed that he felt so good in his left shin that he could play 48 minutes tomorrow night, if need be.

From the LA Daily News:

Kobe Bryant shot baskets Wednesday afternoon, running and jumping without pain about three hours before the Lakers faced the Golden State Warriors. Then he sat out for the seventh and final game because of an injured left shin. The Lakers will wait to see how he responds from his toughest workout since he was sidelined by tenosynovitis April 7. However, Bryant said with a degree of certainty that he would be ready to play Friday against the San Antonio Spurs.

“Why not?” he said after the Lakers’ victory over the Warriors. “I’m good.” Bryant said sitting out wasn’t fun. “It’s been good to see how much guys have progressed, doing things they would ordinarily not try to do,” he said. “When I’m not out there, you have to do other things. You have to experiment with your game. They had a great deal of success with it.”

It will be interesting to see how Bryant’s teammates — who played very well in his absence, going 5-2 during the stretch — adjust to the return of such a dominant, all-consuming force on the court, as the team gears up for the postseason.

As the Lakers travel to San Antonio tomorrow night, Kobe Bryant won’t be the only focal point. One should keep an eye on Andrew Bynum, as he was very upset after the Spurs paid LA back with a humiliating beatdown on Tuesday night.

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  • http://espn.go.com/nba/ Paul H

    Considering the fact that they have played quite well without him It will be interesting to see how the last few regular season games pan out. Meanwhile, and this Is just my opinion, Pau Is seriously powering back to “Best PF In the game” form, last nights shooting blip aside. 20/10/5 and 1.3 blocks over his last 10.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford


  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Man i got a good feeling we’re gonna make a strong playoff push. I think we’re back in tha finals depending how we handle OKC

  • bike

    Time to get back and make sure he wins the scoring title.

  • Stainless

    OKC will take the lakers out

  • http://espn.go.com/nba/ Paul H

    I still think running Into the Mav’s last season was an anomaly which really can’t be attributed to this group with Sessions. I really don’t know how far I see them getting, whether It was the second round or the chip, neither would really surprise me.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/04/kobe-bryant-ready-to-play-on-friday/ B G

    Kobe bryant is this year’s MVP…LEBRON IS NOT GONNA WIN!!!

  • slamfan4life

    DRose should learn something from Kobe…

  • tomtom

    I’m sure Kobe has a lot to teach, but what specifically are you talking about in relation to rose @slamfan4


    Im sure his fanny hurts after taking sooo much time off. :-)


    Crawfish! What u doin here ? A little slurpage never hurts eh?

  • Dungeon Family

    @AQWORD You say some the most suspect ish on here.

    “Im sure his fanny hurts after taking sooo much time off”

    You corny as hell too

  • Rainman

    ^ Someone had to call him out for it, lol


    Kobes this Kobes that. I’l see yall in the finals. Bron gonna blaze all yall Kobe$exuals.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    All AQWORD should worry about is praying that LeBron doesn’t fold like a lawn chair when it matters most again.

  • @boweezy24


  • bdogg

    Thank G-d!! i want kb wrapping up the scoring title! btw, sunday in the showdown game vs okc it is jack nicoleson’s bday! they do not lose on Jacck’s bday! book it!

  • Michelle

    With Pau Gasol doing a bit of everything scoring, rebounding and making plays for others(triple double :O )the big 3 is looking ready for the playoffs. Hopefully Barnes and MWP can keep up their energy and scoring roles.

  • Dungeon Family

    @AQWORD There you go saying some suspect ish again

    You must be Young

    “Kobe$exuals” You really a Lame

  • rand33p

    kobe and the lakers have a good year … battle tested.. championship experience.. no reason they can’t win it this year.. I think the 3 contenders are Laker,Heat,Thunder