After Sunday’s loss to Portland, the Lakers had a long layoff, and wouldn’t play again until Friday. That created a lot of speculation when it came to Kobe Bryant’s return, and all signs pointed to him returning on Friday.
Kobe participated in back to back full practices, and he looked good, even throwing one down. It all seemed to be lining up–the media was posting pictures of him playing, and it all seemed scripted. Mike D’Antoni and the Lakers wouldn’t comment on his status officially, so we were all in a wait and see mode.
Well, at his shoe launching even in Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant officially ruled himself out, reports Dave McMenamin of ESPN LA. He didn’t rule out Sunday’s game against the Raptors, though. Sadly, it seems as if we will have to wait to see Kobe make his return.
We will see if Kobe makes his return on Sunday, but as for now, we will have another game without him. The Lakers are 9-9 and are now battling with more injuries. They need Kobe soon, and here’s hoping he can get back and be the same old Kobe.
If he does return on Sunday, Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report points out that it may not be a favorable stretch: