ONTARIO — Adorned in gym clothes and headphones, Kobe Bryant stepped off the team bus and headed toward Citizens Business Bank Arena with the same movement he would on any other day.
Far from it.
Bryant rejoined the Lakers on the bench for their preseason game Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets after staying in Germany the past week to have a procedure on his right knee. The Lakers haven’t offered a timetable on when Bryant will return after spending the past six months rehabbing his surgically repaired left Achilles tendon. But he moved both without crutches and at a quick pace.
Will there entail any recovery period for Bryant?
“I’m sure there is anytime you do something [medically],” D’Antoni said. “But he said it went great and it feels good.”
Nuggets coach Brian Shaw, a former Lakers teammate and assistant coach, visited Bryant in the Lakers’ training room. At other moments, Bryant hung outside the team’s locker room chatting on his phone.
Bryant didn’t speak to reporters, though he plans to address the media following Wednesday’s practice at the Lakers’ facility in El Segundo. Bryant’s teammates didn’t receive many answers from him, either.
Consider Bryant’s response when Lakers forward Pau Gasol asked him about his trip to Germany.
“He said it was cold,” Gasol said.
Bryant shed some insight on his Orthokine treatment by posting a picture of it Monday night on his Instagram account. That procedure entails Bryant’s blood being drawn, spun in a centrifuge and then reinjected into the knee in hopes to reduce the inflammation.
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