Reporters were allowed to watch only the first 15 minutes of practice before being asked to leave. Bryant did some shooting on the side while teammates did 5-on-0 weave drills.
Bryant eventually joined his teammates for drills and was expected to take part in 45 to 60 minutes of scrimmaging.
If Bryant makes it through practice Wednesday and Thursday without feeling pain, "then Friday looks good," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said, quickly adding, "but we don't know that for sure."
Nash is still a ways from returning, D'Antoni surmised, acknowledging it could be a couple of weeks.
"I think he's a little bit longer than Kobe probably," D'Antoni said.
Nash hasn't played since Nov. 10 because of nerve damage in his back.
The Lakers are thin at point guard because