He took Thursday off because of "general soreness" in his left foot, according to a Lakers spokesman.
Bryant had practiced at full speed for two days. Lakers Coach
It was hard to gauge Bryant's explosiveness because he hadn't pushed off his Achilles' tendon for many high-impact plays in practice, D'Antoni said. Bryant sustained a torn left Achilles' tendon in mid-April.
The Lakers did not use the dreaded "S" word Thursday, declining to call it a setback and saying it wasn't a surprise.
Bryant will not play Friday against
"I think it's just precautionary," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said Thursday. "It's going to be a little bit of a process and [we'll] make sure he's healthy when he gets back."
Bryant is a little more than seven months into a timetable that predicted he would return in six to nine months.
"He didn't look too rusty," D'Antoni said. "With that said, he's not ready to play right now. We just have to hold the horses a little bit."
"I don't think we should be surprised about anything. You'd be surprised if he played [Friday] and we knew he wasn't going to play. There are going to be days he'll have to take off and days that he'll ramp it up. But definitely not a surprise.
"He looked pretty good, he's on target. He'll play when he plays."