Lakers News: Lakers Teammates Talk About Kobe’s Return To Practice

Lakers News: Lakers Teammates Talk About Kobe’s Return To Practice


After seven months of rehab from surgery on a ruptured Achilles, five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant returned to the practice floor for the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. Not only was Bryant finally able to return, but his teammates were glad to see their leader back on the floor alongside them.

Pau Gasol talked about his longtime teammate getting back on the practice floor and how he looked while practicing on Saturday via Mike Trudell of

During Bryant’s absence, Gasol has struggled to assume the role as the leader on the floor for the Lakers. The persistent injury problems for Steve Nash haven’t helped matters with Gasol taking on an even bigger role with much more weight on his shoulders than anticipated heading into the 2013-14 NBA season.

Despite Gasol’s struggles, the two-time NBA champion will be playing alongside Bryant sooner rather than later. Bryant’s timetable still remains uncertain, but the return to practice is promising.

Jodie Meeks, the team’s current leading scorer, also chimed in on Bryant’s return via Los Angeles Lakers Twitter account:

Meeks has played really well in the first 11 games of the season. The sharpshooting guard is averaging 13.6 points per game while having improved his all-around game.

With Bryant back on the floor, it’ll be interesting to see how long it takes for the perennial All-Star to return to the starting lineup for the Lakers. It’d be safe to say at least a few more weeks of practice will be needed to get back into game shape and to test his surgically repaired Achilles tendon.

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  • iDontCare

    What Kobe brings is so much more than just scoring, even just his presence on the court changes the atmosphere.

    • cj

      agreed. he could score 0 points during his first game and the lakers will look better because the other teams fear him

      • Golteb

        oh man, the things Kobe does! Playing with broken fingers, unflinching when Barnes fakes a pass to his face, jumping in the ocean with sharks, etc. Who wouldn’t be intimidated by the Mamba’s presence?

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Kobe Bryant will be back and him practicing in mid November is refreshing news.I have now found real hope in the Lakers again.Kobe will be back and Steve Nash might return at around the same time.Lakers need to win games in the mean time stay afloat.Great news!

    • Jim213

      IMO, let’s not put most of the load on KB24 when some trades actually need to take place for the long term benefit of the organization. I’d still expect him around mid Dec early January. However, if available two weeks from now he may play in those crucial moments or last minute scenarios. Don’t see a positive outcome for Nash given that he’s been experiencing nerve pain since going under the knife.

      • Lakers Fan

        It’s tough to see Nash go through what he has been through, but like you said there are trades that need to be made. I think Nash and Gasol will be the main targets. If Kobe is practicing now, I think he will be back early/mid December. I want him at full strength when he come back, so if it means coming back early January then I am all for it.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        I am sure Kobe will comeback when he feels 100% ready.He is practicing that’s great news but i hope he can be at least a major scorer like before because this team really needs a go to guy IMO.Yes trades are always a option especially with a team that is 4-7 and in 12th place in the west.Nashty might comeback then again he might not IDK.

        • Jim213

          Kobe will likely return when he seems fit. But have to make some trades IMO if management wants a quick turn around. If Nash doesn’t get traded (loss of opportunity) they’ll likely use the stretch provision to distance themselves from Nash.

          My view is ‘might as well get something in return’ if management doesn’t intend on bringing them back next season. Could’ve gotten something for DH but they thought differently as DH did do us a favor in saving the franchise $118 mil.

  • vdogg

    so great to hear that he is back on the court practicing. how he feels tomorrow will determine a lot. to me, it seems like an early december return is in the cards. as much excitement as this news has brought to lakers nation, it will be even more encouraging when he starts scrimmaging 5-on-5 and dominating in said scrimmages.

  • Gregory Choa

    With this news, and hearing what both Kobe and his teammates are saying, I believe he’ll be back in the lineup in just over two weeks time…I’m guessing after the Lakers get back from their 3-game east coast trip around Thanksgiving, say, when the Blazers visit Staples on Sunday, December 1st…in their Sunday whites? What a relief it’ll be for Pau and guys like Blake, Nick Young and Mike D’Antoni knowing that there will soon be that go-to guy that the Lakers can go back to feeding and depending on down the stretch in close games.

  • Lakers4Life

    Kobe should return within this month. Can’t wait for the last chapter and removal of that clown Dumbtoni!!!

  • smugbill

    our coach, the great communicator. how do you guys even follow what he is saying, let alone the players?