"I don't see that in the next week or two because you've got to be on the court. You've got to practice. You've got to play," Kupchak, speaking at a morning event for season-ticket holders at
Bryant said recently that he's gotten in two of the three weeks of intense conditioning he needs before considering a return date.
The Lakers undoubtedly will work Bryant slowly back into practice before he sees his first
"Clearly we don't know what this team is all about until Kobe gets back, and when he gets back, how is he going to play?" Kupchak said. "I know he's going to come back competitive. I know he's going to be productive. But that's when we're going to find out what kind of team we have."
Kupchak also gave credit to Commissioner
"He's done so much for this [league with] his vision," Kupchak said. ". . . We'll miss him, with the exception of one moment."
Kupchak was referring to Stern's scuttling of the Lakers' trade for
"Have you forgiven him for that one moment?" asked Lakers broadcaster
"No I haven't," Kupchak answered.
Kupchak also said the Lakers wanted to get "25 to 28 minutes" a game out of veteran point guard
"That's not something that's etched in stone," Kupchak said. "I think that can change."
Lost in a haze?
Carrying bags and buying candy for teammates hasn't bothered Lakers forward
But some teams are already cracking down on even mild hazing in the wake of harassment allegations against Miami Dolphins lineman Richie Incognito.
"They actually said they don't want us carrying them, but I understand with the stuff going on with the football thing," said Muhammad, who entered the draft after one season at UCLA. "They want to be separate from that. . . . Now I think rookie hazing won't exist anymore."