Kobe Bryant stood off to the side basket working on his shooting. Steve Nash stayed in the center of the court working on his stretching.
Yup, everything went fine for Bryant’s left Achilles tendon and Nash’s back as they resumed practice on Tuesday. At least good enough for them to participate in all of the Lakers’ practice Wednesday, though it sounds uncertain when they will return.
Bryant and Nash didn’t speak to reporters before practice, but Bryant is expected to speak after practice Thursday, perhaps providing insight on whether he will return when the Lakers play Friday against the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena. Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said trainer Gary Vitti will determine whether Bryant can play “probably the day of the game.”
“I don’t think anyone knows,” D’Antoni said. “He even doesn’t know. He’ll go full blow today and then we’ll see how he feels tomorrow. If that happens tomorrow, then Friday looks good. But we don’t know that for sure.”
Nash called it “unlikely” and “very doubtful” he would play against Sacramento, though D’Antoni said he plans to ramp up his activity after participating in full-court five-on-five drills Tuesday for only 10 minutes.
“I think he’s a little bit longer than Kobe is,” D’Antoni said.
In other injury news: Lakers backup guard Jordan Farmar took some stationary shots for five minutes a mere two days after an ultrasound showed a tear in his left hamstring, which will sideline him for about four weeks. Lakers guard Steve Blake continues to practice despite having a hyper extension in his right elbow in the past week, though he has shot left handed in recent days.
The Lakers altered their usual practice of speaking to reporters after practice. Instead, they talked with the media before practice started because of an NBA-related event the team will attend following their session.
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