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Kobe Bryant returns to first Lakers practice since injury

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11:30 AM ET 11.17 | Kobe Bryant returned to the practice court Saturday for the first time since tearing his left Achilles' tendon in mid-April. The practice consisted of some contact drills, shooting and strategy work. Players were supposed to go at half speed in drills but it "turned into 100% real fast. And Kobe was part of it," reserve guard Steve Blake said. "He looks like Kobe to me, basically. He???s moving well, right back to his old self." Bryant did not talk to reporters but did an interview for NBA TV. "The fade-away still works, the ball-handling and being able to post," he said. "Those are things that I can do right now. But it's not the playoffs." Bryant began ramping up his off-the-court workouts in recent weeks, though the team declined to provide an updated timetable for his return. "If it was a playoff game tonight, I could play," Bryant told NBA TV. "I don't know how effective I'd be, but I would play."

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November 17, 2013  11:46 AM ET

The Mamba is back!


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November 17, 2013  12:13 PM ET
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FINALLY..........I can jump on the Lakers bus BACK to staples !

You never lost your seat. We know that deep down inside, you're a Lakers fan...

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November 17, 2013  12:48 PM ET

Very crucial few days for Kobe. If he can play close to his level, Lakers will turn around very quickly and be competitive. If he hobbles, they need to break this group up really quickly and get some pieces.

November 17, 2013  01:34 PM ET
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FINALLY..........Kobe has come BACK to staples !







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November 17, 2013  01:39 PM ET

the Flakers will suck with or without a hobbled kobe

November 17, 2013  01:50 PM ET
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the Flakers will suck with or without a hobbled kobe

The Cavs will suck for the rest of your life.

Find another team...

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November 17, 2013  07:06 PM ET

Time to hang it up Mamba. You're a SHELL of your former self. Be happy that you walked away with two more rings than all the other California NBA teams combined (two by the 'Philly' Warriors and one by the 'Rochester' Kings, where ever the hell that is, and ZERO by the Clippers).

But since five Minny titles don't belong to the Lakers, you finish with FIVE more titles than all other California franchises combined, and every single trophy in Staples Center...

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November 17, 2013  09:52 PM ET
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Kobe looks like he fell asleep in his tanning bed

He does look rather dark...

November 18, 2013  12:32 AM ET

WHO CARES BROS?

November 18, 2013  12:37 AM ET
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the Flakers will suck with or without a hobbled kobe

Flakers?

November 18, 2013  12:42 AM ET
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Brilliant.

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November 18, 2013  01:48 AM ET
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Except now, he's the white Mamba. His jumping ability will be like a white guy.

LOL

 
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