Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Bryant could return in November

March 25, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) warms up before the game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Lakers 109-103. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

It was recently reported that Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant participated in his first practice since suffering a torn Achilles. He has now been cleared for basketball activities and took part in a 5-on-5 full-contact scrimmage in practice. Clearly, a comeback is close and Bryant believes that he could return to action as soon as sometime in November.

Asked if he could see himself playing this month, Kobe said he could.

(via Kevin Ding Twitter)

Kobe seems to be on a personal November-timeline, but according to ESPN, Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni is being a little cautious. Since Bryant has only just resumed basketball activities, it’s only natural that he will be sore and still needs to get back into playing shape. D’Antoni also seemed reluctant to speculate as to how many practices Bryant would need before taking over Staples Center. It’s probably unlikely Kobe will be back for Friday’s game against the Golden State Warriors, but at this point you can consider him day-to-day.

 

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