Kobe Bryant practiced for more than an hour Monday and “feels a whole lot better,” Lakers Coach Byron Scott said.
Bryant was expected to play Tuesday against Miami, though Scott wouldn’t officially say it.
“He said he’s ready to go but I said, ‘Let’s talk again [Tuesday] and we’ll go from there,’ ” Scott said.
Bryant has sat out six games to rest, including the Lakers’ 106-94 loss Sunday to Portland.
Scott continued to take the blame in two ways — for playing Bryant too much earlier this season and for declining to let him play at all more recently.
“He told me that he felt pretty good [Sunday] but ‘pretty good’ wasn’t good enough for me,” Scott said.
Bryant, 36, played 37.1 minutes a game in November, a heavy workload that was among the league leaders at the time.