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Lakers' Kobe Bryant returns to court to practice shooting

Lakers' Kobe Bryant returns to court to practice shooting
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who was in China earlier this month, is back in the gym working on his shot. (AFP / Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant is finally able to practice shooting.

On Saturday, the Lakers All-Star guard posted a photo of himself via Instagram, with the caption, "First day back on the court shooting! Bout Damn time!! #shoulderrecovery #20thseason #drinkbodyarmor #lakers."

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Bryant suffered a season-ending injury in January, tearing the rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

After undergoing surgery, Bryant was gradually able to get back into the gym, but wasn't permitted to shoot a basketball for roughly seven months while recovering.

Bryant, 36, sat out most of the 2013-14 season because of a knee injury. He also missed the end of the 2012-13 season, and the playoffs, with a torn Achilles' tendon.

Now in his 20th season, Bryant is in the final year of his contract and is owed $25 million.

While this is widely expected to be his final season, Bryant has yet to confirm his long-term intentions.

The Lakers open the season Oct. 28 at Staples Center against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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