The return of Kobe Bryant will continue to dominate the headlines until he actually steps back on the floor. It has been speculated that there is a chance Bryant might be able to make his season debut this Friday against the Kings in Sacramento, but nothing is certain at this point. The decision for Bryant to play will come down to how he responds to full practices with the team. Today, Bryant practiced for the first time in a couple of weeks and was very passive according to Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times on Dec. 3:
“Kobe Bryant practiced with the Lakers for the first time in almost two weeks, and there was one obvious tendency.
He passed the ball. A lot.
He didn't take an outside shot in about 20 minutes of a full-court scrimmage open to reporters Tuesday.”
The Lakers are in need of a point guard after losing Jordan Farmar and Steve Nash to injuries, so Bryant might be able to come back as a distributor and not be the usual scorer everyone is accustomed to seeing. There is no doubt Bryant will try and return to being the scorer and closer he is capable of being, but right now it might be easier to ease him in if he is solely concentrating on dishing out dimes.
The highlight of the practice was seeing Bryant get a steal and finish the fast break with a dunk. Although it was not an emphatic dunk, it is encouraging to see Bryant working his way back into game shape.
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