Kobe Bryant had 2 practices at full speed, and he won’t play in Friday’s game. Coming off of the achilles tear can be tough for Bryant, and the Lakers are going to make sure that he is fully ready to go. On Thursday, Bryant sat out practice, but it isn’t serious, according to ESPN LA:
- Kobe Bryant did not practice Thursday, missing the Los Angeles Lakers’ first team session since returning to basketball activities last weekend after seven months off following Achilles surgery.
Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni would not call Bryant’s decision to use Thursday for treatment a “setback,” characterizing it more as a reminder of the process the 35-year-old still must go through before making the leap from practices to suiting up for a game.
“He had a hard two days and just took the day off and he’ll either ramp it up [Friday] or the next day,” D’Antoni said.
This is just precautionary, so no need to worry, Laker fans. My guess is that he will suit up against Brooklyn on the 27th, but no one really knows.