Panel on Time Warner Cable SportsNet focuses on Kobe Bryant’s first practice

Kobe Bryant

We’re talking about practice! Yes, not a game where the Lakers have opened the season going 4-7. We’re talking about practice because Kobe Bryant appeared in one Saturday for the first time in seven months since shattering his left Achilles tendon.

The Lakers haven’t disclosed a timeline yet on when Bryant will return to the court. But what will Bryant’s mere presence on the practice floor do for the Lakers? That became a topic of discussion on Time Warner Cable’s Access SportsNet Saturday night where host Jaime Maggio, analyst Dave Miller and I detailed Bryant’s first practice.

Bryant participated in five on zero drills involving strategy and shooting. Although Bryant will see how his body responds today, his latest advancement is considered a huge step in his recovery. Lakers guard Jordan Farmar also told me that Bryant “changed the tone” with his demanding expectations and eagerness to show how he can play.

It’s not too often we talk about practice. But when it comes to Bryant’s rehab, it’s a very important topic to discuss.

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