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Saturday, November 16th, 2013 at 7:30 pm  |  41 responses

Kobe Bryant Returns to Lakers Practice


During a recent interview with NBATV, Kobe Bryant said that if there was a Playoff game on tonight, he’d suit up and play. Back to reality, Kobe rejoined his Laker teammates in practice today, and by all accounts, the Black Mamba looked good out there. Per the team website: “For the first time since tearing his Achilles in April, Kobe Bryant returned to the practice floor with his teammates on Saturday afternoon in El Segundo. It was a relatively light session for the Lakers, consisting mostly of 5-on-0 skeleton drills and some half-court work. Nonetheless, Bryant’s presence was more than a welcome sight for his teammates. ‘He looked good and did a few moves I didn’t expect him to do right away,’ said Pau Gasol. ‘I’m very happy for him and for us, and definitely looking forward to when he’ll play in a game.’ … ;We were just doing drills, nothing 100 percent, but he looked really good,’ added Jodie Meeks. ‘After being out for seven months it’s amazing to see him our there like that.’ Bryant played alongside Steve Blake, Meeks, Wesley Johnson and Gasol in some drills, according to Meeks, and Bryant was doing everything from cutting side-to-side, shooting and running. ‘He looked good doing it,’ said Meeks. ‘He was making shots. He’s so intelligent that he helps guys get in the right spots and makes the game a lot easier not only for myself but for the whole team. He’s been in the league for almost 20 years, he knows it all inside and out.’”

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  • Dfields

    First..the whole world will be watching when he comes back for the first time!

  • Saleem Rainman

    Great news. But on another note, can people stop trying to push the story that he’s ahead of schedule and he’s some sort of machine that is gonna return quicker than expected? The normal recovery time is 6-9 (10?) months, its about to be 7 months now, and still weeks away from returning.

    BUT, the story on the injury if im not mistaken is that it usually takes at least a year to really get into a groove , so if he can play real well after returning, that wud still be pretty impressive.

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  • BugEyes

    Somebody please play the flute and get that mamba out of that basket!!
    this makes no sense sorry everyone

  • Drig

    I just hope Kobe returns after Christmas. I just don’t want to see his return in a full-sleeved atrocity.

  • Aditya Sriram

    Kobe will be back in 1 week to two weeks or I will be extremely sad and then it will be a championship contend tending team or I will extremely mad. They better start play excellent basketball starting today or I will be extremely mad

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  • LakeShow

    Sounds like you will either be sad or mad, most likely.

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  • Aditya Sriram

    STOP IT

  • LakeShow

    Calling life how it is? No.

  • Aditya Sriram

    Please STOP. I am not kidding about this and my lakers.

  • LakeShow

    They are not “your Lakers” weirdo. They have no personal possession by you.

    You’re a fan.

    Sounds like a completely over the top fan with unrealistic expectations.

    “They better start play excellent basketball starting today or I will be extremely mad”

    Get over your self. They don’t care if you’re mad, they don’t have the talent to play “excellent basketball” right now, so you’re expecting/demanding the impossible.

  • Aditya Sriram

    STOP IT. I am expecting the imposible. The Lakers will play excellent basketball every game or I will be extremely mad. We have the talent too and when come back to game action we will be even better.

  • LakeShow

    What per se is it you want me to “STOP” ?

    You just admitted to expecting something that is not achievable, but I’m the one that needs to “STOP”?…

  • Aditya Sriram

    It is achieveable. Not kidding STOP IT.

  • LakeShow

    “I am expecting the imposible”

    “It is achieveable”

    What’s next? “Pigs can’t fly, but I won’t stop crying till they do!”

    You have a better chance of achieving a third grade ability for English comprehension than the Lakers have of playing “excellent basketball every game” this season.

    Just be realistic pal.

  • Aditya Sriram

    Trust me. Not kidding. Lakers will be a top 4 seed and play excellent basketball every game or I will be extremely mad. I am 19. STOP IT.

  • LakeShow

    What does being 19 have to do with anything?

    You just asked me to “trust you”, because you are “not kidding” that the Lakers will play excellent every game. No, I do not trust you. I trust facts and reason.

    How would a team that does not have any great defenders play “excellent basketball every game”…?

    This season the Lakers are not built for a championship.

    Plain and simple. Not happening.

    You might as well realize that now instead of going through the whole season being mad and sad, because the Lakers are bad.

    You STOP IT!

  • Aditya Sriram

    I won’t trust you. Lakers will be a top 4 seed and play excellent ball every game or I will be extremely mad. TRUST ME NOW and please STOP. STOP NOW. DON’T REPLY AGAIN

  • LakeShow

    I didn’t ask you to trust me.

    They won’t be top 4.

    Warriors
    Thunder
    Spurs
    Clippers
    Rockets
    It’ll be a fight between Minny, Memphis, and the Lakers for the 6th, 7th, and 8th spots.

    Feel free to reply back if needed.

  • Aditya Sriram

    STOP IT. The Lakers will be a top 4 seed or I will be extremely mad. Trust me. Please. I am not kidding about all of this. All of this is the truth.

  • Aditya Sriram

    STOP IT. Lakers will be a top 4 seed or I will be extremely mad. Trust me. I am not kidding about all this. Please. All of this is the truth. Please don’t reply. I don’t want to hear from you again.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the Lakers aren’t making the playoffs, and even if they do, they aren’t going to win more than a game or two as the 8 seed. you might as well get all your anger out now.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Minny and Memphis are shoe ins unless they get hurt. And Dallas is probably a shoe in too. LA probably not getting in unless someone else gets seriously hurt.

  • Aditya Sriram

    STOP IT. They will be a top 4 team and play excellent basketball every game or I will be extremely mad. TRUST ME ABOUT ALL THIS. I DON’T WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU AGAIN.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk
  • LakeShow

    No one has any real clue as to where the Lakers will end up.

    All we know is between the 6th and 10th seeds.

    Remember last year?

    Sounds like Kobe will be back within 2 weeks.

  • LakeShow

    That’s a very unrealistic number.

    Stick with 6-8 or you will be mad, or sad.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    do i remember last year….when they had the league’s best rebounder (and an above average defense when said player was on the floor), and Kobe was healthy? yeah, i remember last year.
    .
    do you?

  • LakeShow

    1) The birth of Jordan Hill.

    2) Pau is regaining form.(Bean will help him tremendously)

    3) New athletes/shooters on the perimeter.

    4) Good team chemistry offensively and defensively.

    These 4 things are going to make this team as good or better than last years squad.

    Don’t do the same damn thing you did last year and say “there’s no way they make the playoffs” blah blah…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you are sincerely under the impression this team could win 45 games? in real life?

  • LakeShow

    Never mind.

    I just remembered that neither of us have any respect for what the other thinks of the Lakers.

  • Aditya Sriram

    NO IT’S NOT UN REAlISTIC. LAKERS WILL BE A TOP 4 SEED OR I WILL BE EXTREMELY MAD. STOP IT.

  • LakeShow

    It’s completely **unrealistic**

    They don’t even have an All-Star caliber player currently playing for them… How in the hell is a team without an all-star going to make it to a top 4 seed?

    Can you show one time where that has ever happened in history?

    There’s nothing that needs to be “STOPPED.” I’m stating facts.

  • Aditya Sriram

    STOP IT. I am very serious about all my messages. They have Pau Gasol and going to have Kobe Bryant and they have great players. Not kidding about all my messages. STOP IT.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    LOL @disqus_j65FuvcSML:disqus

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-eCX8guIVM

  • LakeShow

    There is not one great player besides Pau or Kobe on the Lakers. And both of them are injured.

    The Lakers will be far ahead of their ability if they end up anywhere above an 8th seed.

    I’m sure you’re a troll and all that, but i had to bite the bait.

  • Aditya Sriram

    STOP IT. I guarantee you Lakers will be a top 4 seed or I will be extremely mad. Please STOP. Lakers have the talent too. I won’t reply too you again.

  • LakeShow

    I understand what you’re saying. There has been no confusion there. I’m just telling you that you are going to be “extremely mad.”

    The Lakers don’t have the talent for a top 4 seed this year.

    I’m sure next year they will.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you know this would stop a lot sooner if you just stopped replying? i mean, the lakers not getting a 4 seed and you being extremely angry are just facts at this point. live with it.

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