Originally written on Lakerholicz.com  |  Last updated 10/2/13
Finally, for the first time in over five months, Kobe Bryant was able to take to the practice court today. At last, head coach Mike D’Antoni had the opportunity to see his star partake in some light jogging and shooting. He may have only been going onto his tiptoes while shooting set shots – which is a far cry from the baseline fadeaway jumper that we’ve all become so accustomed to Bryant using on a daily basis – and it may not change the NBA futures odds just yet, it’s progress nevertheless. According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, “progression” is the word of the day for D’Antoni: Bryant didn’t practice with his teammates and the Lakers continue to avoid providing a timetable for their star guard’s return, but just seeing Bryant do some light jogging and set shooting was a sight for sore eyes for coach Mike D’Antoni. “He just keeps progressing,” D’Antoni said. “He was out today shooting a little bit and jogging. He just keeps getting better.” There is still plenty of rehab left for Bryant to do before he is back in full basketball mode, however. His shooting on Wednesday did not involve jumping, for example. “He’s going up on his tiptoes,” D’Antoni said. “I don’t think he was jumping, but it wasn’t flatfooted. It was set shooting.” “I saw him shoot the ball today for the first time,” D’Antoni said. “I don’t know if it’s the first time, but it’s the first time I saw him. So, that’s a progression. I’m not in the training room to see what he does every day. Obviously as hard as he’s worked, every day he’s going to get a little bit better. Now, what that means, I don’t know.” There is still not timetable for Kobe’s return – apart from Steve Nash‘s prediction; he thinks the Black Mamba will be back in the line-up by Thanksgiving – but this is surely a good sign. There’s no real rush for Kobe to return any time soon, and so his progression will likely be slow. After jogging and doing a little shooting today, the medical team will likely assess Bryant tomorrow to see how he reacts to the mini-workout, and then decide the best way to continue to continue with his rehab. Progression is important, but patience is vital. .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 300px; height: 250px; } @media(min-width: 500px) { .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 300px; height: 250px; } } @media(min-width: 800px) { .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 336px; height: 280px; } }
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