Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash advance to light shooting drills

Both Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash have progressed toward participating in light shooting drills as they continuously progress from their respective Achilles tendon and back injuries.

Nash was seen shooting jumpers along the elbows and free-throw line following the Lakers’ morning shootaround Friday at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo, marking the second day he’s performed such drills as part of his back rehab. Bryant wasn’t on the court when the media was on the court, but Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni revealed his progress.

Bryant had performed some shooting without jumping in early October, though he soon scaled back so he could strengthen the flexibility in his Achilles tendon and sharpen up on his conditioning.

“It’s more than tippy toe,” D’Antoni said. “I look at it every once in a while. I haven’t heard back whether he’s ready to practice. But he’s better than yesterday.”

Meanwhile, Nash will stay sidelined for last one more week because of nerve issues in his back. He received an epidural shot on Tuesday and then spent the ensuing days resting and working on his core strength.


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