Kobe Bryant sounds close to return, will not offer specific date

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We know Kobe Bryant will not play Friday against Sacramento — he said as much and he’s not even traveling with the team to beautiful central California.

So what about Sunday in Staples Center against the Raptors? Maybe.

That’s as good as it’s going to get right now. Kobe spoke with reporters after his third consecutive day of practice and had these things to say about his return, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN and Mike Trudell of Lakers.com.

Kobe has no reason to be specific. He knows his body.

He’s also not patient — I’d bet you will see him in the two home games the Lakers have coming up.