Kobe Bryant has been medically cleared for all basketball activities today, and there has been some speculation as to when he will make his official return. The Lakers are off until Friday when they play the Warriors, and it looks like Kobe may be dressed for success:
Source tells me to look for Kobe to be in uniform Friday barring any setbacks. They'll be careful with him with a lot of off days ahead
— Brian Geltzeiler (@hoopscritic) November 18, 2013
This doesn’t mean he’ll play, and plenty of players have been active, but don’t play. Mike D’Antoni keeps downplaying his return. but I’d like to issue caution to Mike–speaking for Kobe could come back and bite you.
This is just one report, so take it as you will, but Kobe’s return is getting closer. There will be a lot of questions remaining, and we will see if Kobe can play in the flow of the 4th fastest offense in the NBA. The Lakers are averaging over 101 possessions per game. When things start to break down, Kobe can get the buckets like no one on the roster can do. They have a real shot at the playoffs, and Kobe will play a big role in the hunt to prove the doubters wrong.