Kobe Bryant completed an individual workout for the second consecutive day on Sunday, a sign that he’s slowly but surely ramping back up his activity as he rehabs his left Achilles tendon.
Bryant had participated in two full practices this week, but he rested and received treatment Thursday and Friday to ensure he doesn’t put additional strain on his Achilles. Bryant had also experienced some soreness in his left foot after sitting out nearly seven months. Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said Bryant fit in his workout about an hour before the team’s morning shootaround in preparation for tonight’s game against the Kings.
“He looked good,” D’Antoni said.
Bryant won’t practice again as early as Dec. 3, but that has nothing to do with his health. Instead, that has everything to do with the Lakers’ three-game trip this week that involves stops in Washington (Tuesday), Brooklyn (Wednesday) and Detroit (Friday). The Lakers travel Monday and will take the day off Thursday both for Thanksgiving and because the team’s coming off a back-to-back. The Lakers will have off Saturday before hosting Portland Dec. 1 at Staples Center. They Lakers will then have a four-day stretch before playing Dec. 6 in Sacramento.
Because of that reality, D’Antoni expects Bryant will spend his time on the trip participating in individual drills as well as series of two-on-two and three-on-three contests.
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