Kobe Bryant practices again with Lakers, as does Steve Nash

Injured Lakers star Kobe Bryant was back on the practice court Wednesday. Above, Bryant in a game last season.
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Kobe Bryant practiced for a second consecutive day, the latest step in his comeback from a torn Achilles’ tendon.

Steve Nash also took the court Wednesday and was expected to take part in 10 to 15 minutes of scrimmaging, Coach Mike D’Antoni said beforehand.

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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.

The Lakers play at Sacramento on Friday.

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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 Jordan Farmar is sidelined until late December with a torn hamstring and Steve Blake is dealing with a hyper-extended right elbow that has forced him to shoot with his left hand in practice.


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