Did anyone think Kobe Bryant was going to miss the opening game of the season?
If there was any lingering doubt, it was wiped away on Sunday when Bryant through a full practice, as reported by Baxter Holmes at ESPN.
“Yeah, I told him if he couldn’t go [Sunday], [Monday] we could start worrying,” (Lakers coach Byron) Scott said after practice at the Lakers’ facility here. “He walked out [Sunday], he said it felt good. He gave me a thumbs-up. Went through the scrimmage and everything. You can see a little rust, but other than that, he was moving pretty fluid again. It was just good to see.”
And the same competitive Kobe fire was there.
“He played well. He was shooting in people’s faces,” (Metta) World Peace said. “The white team was beating up the purple team. And then somebody decided to talk [trash] to Kobe. That was the wrong thing to do.”
That’s good to hear — we’re all rooting for a healthy Kobe this season.
It will be interesting to see how Scott limits Bryant’s minutes this season. It also will be interesting to see how Kobe interacts with talented but mistake-prone young players who will have the ball in their hands a lot. Everyone around the Lakers is saying all the right things, but on Wednesday the words end and the actions start.