Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash return to practice

Mar 22, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) and point guard Steve Nash (10) in the second half of the game against the Washington Wizards at the Staples Center. Wizards won 103-100. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers’ guards Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash returned to practice Tuesday.

Although Nash wasn’t a heavy participant, Bryant scrimmage for about 30-45 minutes.

“Today was a good day,” Lakers’ head coach Mike D’Antoni told Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles. “We’ll see tomorrow how he reacts and everything, but today was a big step forward.”

Bryant is targeting a return Friday, but the Lakers would not say whether or no he was on pace to make that date. Nash, on the other hand, does not sound ready to return.

“It’s such tricky situation because I think typically you’d say, ‘OK, you practiced 10 (minutes) today,’ if I practiced 20 tomorrow and 30 on Thursday, I’d play on Friday,” Nash said. “I think right now, regardless of how well I practice this week, there’s still some other objective and subjective tests to make sure this is sustainable and it’s not something that’s still as tenuous as it’s been recently when you feel good enough to go out and play, you play and it just deteriorates. So, it takes a lot of resolve to continue on that path every day and do the right things, to strengthen and give yourself a chance.”

The Lakers will take on the Sacramento Kings Friday night.

Topics: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Steve Nash

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