Kobe Bryant to join Lakers on the bench in Game 3 vs. Spurs

Kobe Bryant’s done with his coaching through Twitter. Instead, he might save that for when he sits on the bench when the Lakers play Game 3 tonight of their first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center.

“I don’t think he’ll get in tonight,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said, jokingly. “But he’ll be on the bench.”

Bryant entered the Lakers’ practice facility Friday morning to receive treatment, the latest sign of progress surrounding his season-ending torn left Achilles tendon. He has worn a walking boot in the past three days after getting by on crutches for the previous 10 days following surgery. But Bryant was on crutches Friday when he entered the practice facility.

It’s unlikely he could move around along the bench considering the Lakers expect him to stay immobile for at least two more weeks. But Bryant could take an active coaching role with his teammates. When Bryant missed eight games last season because of a left shin injury, he actively drew up plays on a marker board to point out various on-court tendencies to teammates. Bryant did the same thing when he sat during the Lakers’ 99-93 win March 15 against the Indiana Pacers after playing through only one quarter because of a sprained left ankle.

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  • lscott

    Kobe should coach tonight, fire dantoni! Make this year one for the ages!