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Kobe Bryant could return Friday

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09:33 AM ET 12.01 | Kobe Bryant has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, but the Los Angeles Lakers acknowledged he could return Friday in Sacramento if he feels ready after a week of practices. Los Angeles has no games between Sunday and Friday. Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said Bryant will use the three practice days to evaluate how he feels before determining whether he's ready to return from a ruptured Achilles tendon that's kept him out since April 12.

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December 1, 2013  10:04 AM ET

The Blazers are going to run the Lakers out of the arena.

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December 1, 2013  10:15 AM ET

No Need To Hurry, Bro.

December 1, 2013  10:33 AM ET
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Welcome back Kobe!

The Lakers are taking care of business in his absence. Hopefully he makes them even better and the chemistry doesn't get messed up.

I've got a lump in my throat. Hopefully the Lakers don't go backwards upon his return.

December 1, 2013  10:37 AM ET

How do they get a schedule like that? Twice already this season. They had one where the last game was Monday and their next game was Friday....

Anyways, welcome back Mamba!

December 1, 2013  11:28 AM ET
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Welcome back Kobe!The Lakers are taking care of business in his absence. Hopefully he makes them even better and the chemistry doesn't get messed up.

Don't hold your breath to it. Mamba is the MAN there for another 3 years, including this one. Be prepared for all other Lakers to stand and watch while KoMe does his thing. If they're falling they win big, if they aren't, Mike gets fired LOL.

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December 1, 2013  11:53 AM ET
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I've got a lump in my throat. Hopefully the Lakers don't go backwards upon his return.

I think he'll be the Kobe of the second half of last season. Especially, when he comes back and sees he doesn't have the same explosiveness. I think he'll be a shell of his former self but still capable of averaging 17-18ppg, 7-8apg and 5-6rpg.

December 1, 2013  11:54 AM ET

And 17-18ppg would lead this squad that has Gasol leading the team with 14.8ppg and Young 2nd with 14ppg.

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December 1, 2013  12:13 PM ET
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" Anyways, welcome back Mamba!"I felt that you were smiling when you typed that.

Not really! He could come back and become a better facilitator. Maybe he learn from what the Lakers are doing this season. That's scary. If he becomes very efficient and not become a ballhog, we're in deep crap. He was too selfish to know that he can use his players last year. I'm crossing my finger that his ultimate goal is to catch Jordan and Kareem.

December 1, 2013  12:29 PM ET

Kobe better not be coming back oo soon!!! What's the hurry? Maybe he should wait until the first of the year.

December 1, 2013  12:35 PM ET

Take your time Kobe. Lakers are actually decent so no need to hurry yet.

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December 1, 2013  12:39 PM ET
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Kobe has to come back and get this offense back on track. There's just too much passing going on.

LOL, are you being sarcastic??? :-)

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