"Yeah, I can," said Bryant, sidelined by a torn Achilles' tendon since mid-April.
Bryant took part in a full-court scrimmage that was closed to reporters and a half-court five-on-five that was open to them.
He looked active, hitting fade-aways over
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There was also some rust, most notably when he airballed an open three-point attempt. Some of his passes were deflected or stolen.
Bryant played small forward and practiced mainly with a team consisting of
Bryant often joked during his time off about a lack of conditioning, openly talking about slippage in his diet. After Tuesday's practice he said he was fine.
"I've been doing a great deal of conditioning so I didn't feel tired," he said. "My legs didn't feel tired at all."
Bryant also said he added strength in all his off-court workouts.
"I'm able to hold defenders off pretty easily with my off hand and maintain position in the post and things like that. I'm much, much stronger now than I was," he said.
Bryant said his ankle tendon was fine after giving him some problems when he started running last month. The question now is how he feels going forward and whether he can continue practicing at full speed. Bryant was observed in Tuesday's practice by team doctor Steve Lombardo and Lakers trainer Gary Vitti.
D'Antoni said he was surprised by Bryant's activity level but continued to preach caution about his return.
"This was one good step but he needs a few more steps," D'Antoni said. "He hasn't played since April and he looked pretty good. I don't know why it surprised me but it does."