Lakers’ Mike D’Antoni talks Kobe Bryant return

Oct 8, 2013; Ontario, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (center) and Jordan Farmar react during the game against the Denver Nuggets at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

On Monday, Los Angeles Lakers’ guard Kobe Bryant was cleared for basketball activities.

However, the Lakers still don’t seem to have much of an idea as to when Bryant will actually play in a game.

According to Lakers’ head coach Mike D’Antoni, the team is going to be very cautious with Bryant.

“You’re dealing with, ‘Is he sore today? Is there a setback tomorrow? How [hard] can he go?’” D’Antoni told Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles. “That’s the first step and there’s a lot of steps to be taken. So, I just think we need to be cautious. We best just be cool and chill out a little bit.”

Bryant is attempting to come back from a torn Achilles.

“We know that he’s capable,” D’Antoni said. “It’s just going to be a process to get him back. He’s a presence, no doubt, and we need that presence, especially at the end of games. But again, we got games to win and there’s going to be a bunch of them before he comes back, so we’re going to have to do our business.”

The Lakers won’t be in action again until Friday when they host the Golden State Warriors.

 

Topics: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Mike D'Antoni

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