Lakers Practice Report: Friday A Possibility For Kobe’s Return?

Lakers Practice Report: Friday A Possibility For Kobe’s Return?

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After a 106-102 victory over the Detroit Pistons last night, the Los Angeles Lakers (surprisingly) returned to practice this morning. While head coach Mike D’Antoni did not anticipate another practice until December 3, it allowed Kobe Bryant the opportunity to measure his game as a return is near.

Following practice, D’Antoni shared that Bryant only participated in 5-on-0 drills and will not play tomorrow according to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell:

With four days off before the Lakers face the Sacramento Kings on the road, there will be numerous practices and a return on Friday is a possibility:

In last night’s victory over the Pistons, both Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill sustained injuries. Gasol has had issues with his ankle and left hand, while Hill sprained his left ankle. However, both big men are expected to play against the Trail Blazers:

Without Kobe Bryant, the Lakers have exceeded most expectations this season. While some already expected the team to be out of the playoff race, Los Angeles is only three games out of first place in the division. Although the start to the season has been impressive, there is still a long way to go and the Lakers need to continue improving. When Bryant finally returns, they will have the best closer in the game again and will secure more victories.
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