On the day after they opened the season with a 112-110 victory over the Houston Rockets, the Lakers returned to the practice court today in El Segundo. Well, some of them returned to the practice court anyway. Kobe Bryant did not participate in the workout. He was joined on the sidelines by Andrew Bynum (right knee surgery), Theo Ratliff (tendinitis left knee) and Luke Walton (strained right hamstring). Walton might give it a try today.
As a rule, Bryant practices infrequently, but the Lakers also are determined to limit his activity after he underwent offseason right knee surgery. Bryant scored 27 points on 8-for-20 shooting and played 37 minutes, 4 seconds Tuesday against the Rockets.