By Eric Pincus
3:48 PM PST, December 9, 2013
The Lakers finally got Kobe Bryant back from his Achilles' tendon tear at the end of Week 6.
The Lakers didn't play until Friday night, giving the team time to practice. Bryant was able participate, and even dunk during a Lakers' scrimmage.
Nash would prefer to avoid a 'yo-yo season' back and forth to the injured list.
Pau Gasol had his ankle evaluated but was able to play through a mild sprain.
With Farmar out and Bryant returning, the Lakers' All-Star guard may be an option at point guard.
The buzz that Bryant would play Friday against the Sacramento Kings was enough for NBA TV to add the game to its national schedule.
The Lakers pushed through a difficult challenge in Sacramento on Friday, winning 106-100 with a strong fourth-quarter performance.
Rookie Ryan Kelly went instead to Bakersfield, to join the D-Fenders. Kelly scored 30 points to giving his team its first win of the season. Kelly has quickly proven to be one of the D-League's top scorers. The Lakers brought him back to the NBA in time for Sunday's game against the Raptors.
L.A. recently cut its only other rookie, Elias Harris, saving about $1.1 million.
Without Bryant, Coach Mike D'Antoni led the Lakers to success, with a winning record despite minimal star power on his roster.
Turkish Airlines also released a new commercial featuring soccer star Lionel Messi and Bryant trying to outdo each other.
The Lakers and the NBA took time to reflect on the passing of Nelson Mandela.
Finally, James Worthy and Byron Scott gave pitch-perfect Nick Young impressions on the Time Warner Cable SportsNet broadcast.
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