Trans. Dec 6 3:04 ET (Dec 6 3:04 ET ) Kobe Bryant decided to stay home from Sacramento, but he will be in the Lakers lineup Sunday night against Toronto. Steve Nash went with the Lakers up to Sacramento after a week of limited practices but nobody has any idea when we will see him. Or even if we ever will. Nash spoke with reporters…
COMMENTARY | With Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant both returning to Los Angeles Lakers' practice on Tuesday, either or both could return to game action as early as Friday at Sacramento. "There will be an adjustment period," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said after Sunday's game. If Bryant is the first guy back, he will move into the starting lineup with Steve Blake alongside him. Jodie Meeks will likely go to the bench and take on the role of guarding the opposition's backup point guard.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash is expected to return to practice on Tuesday after missing 10 straight games because of back and hamstring problems, ESPNLosAngeles.com reported. It's possible -- but far from definite -- that both he and Kobe Bryant will return to action when the Lakers play the Sacramento Kings on Friday. Nash spent last week in Vancouver, British Columbia, working out with his personal trainer, Rick Celebrini, while the Lakers were on a three-game trip through Washington, Brooklyn and Detroit. Nash, 39, is averaging 6.7 points and 4.8 assists this season, and the Lakers need him more now that Jordan Farmar is expected to be sidelined for several weeks.
COMMENTARY | The 9-8 Phoenix Suns are looking down at the 9-9 Los Angeles Lakers in the standings, but are they a better team? The impending return of Kobe Bryant will certainly change the Lakers' fortunes, so let's break it down by position and see which team is best. For you Lakers fans, that means no Kobe and no Steve Nash.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant could make his season debut Friday in Sacramento. Bryant, coming back from a torn Achilles suffered in April, joined his teammates for a light practice Saturday. He will not play Sunday against the Portland Trail Blazers, but the Lakers have three practices before Friday, and coach Mike D'Antoni said Bryant will be able to test his leg. D'Antoni also said guard Steve Nash would return to the team Sunday and could return to practice next week if doctors clear him.