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Describing his shin as pain-free, Lakers star Kobe Bryant will return to the starting lineup Friday night at San Antonio after missing the past seven games.
Bryant said after the morning shootaround, at which he participated in full-speed workouts, that he feels he can play all 48 minutes if needed.
The 33-year-old Bryant has been sidelined by a case of tenosynovitis, or inflamed tendons, in his left shin after suffering the injury March 31 in a win over New Orleans.
With its playoff position secure and the team going 5-2 without the five-time NBA champion, head coach Mike Brown was content to hold Bryant out until the injury was fully healed.
The 13-day absence provided the league's leading scorer with a welcome period of rest as the 40-23 Lakers head into the playoffs a week from Saturday.
Bryant has already been playing this season with a torn ligament in his left wrist, an injury that he suffered in the preseason.
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OAKLAND—The Lakers collected an ugly 99-97 road victory against the Warriors last night, committing a record setting 92 turnovers, a majority of which came when Lakers players passed the ball out of bounds to Kobe Bryant, who, despite being on the bench with a shin injury, called for the ball on nearly every Lakers possession.
“You have to crack a few eggs if you want...
SAN ANTONIO Kobe Bryant was in a playful mood Wednesday night, telling reporters he didn't miss them at all during his seven-game injury absence.
He also didn't hesitate when asked whether he could play all 48 minutes Friday against San Antonio.
"If I have to," he said.
Yep. He's back.
It will have been two weeks since Bryant was sidelined because of a...
It’s looking like Kobe Bryant will return to the court on April 20th when the Lakers and the Spurs face off in what could be a preview of a late rounds playoff match-up.
This shin injury has been something of a beast for Bryant yet the Lakers have rolled on without him winning five out of the seven games that they have gone to battle without him.
In many eyes Bryant should wait...
Kobe Bryant, who missed his seventh straight game Wednesday with a shin injury, is eyeing a Friday return for the Los Angeles Lakers after completing running and jumping exercises without pain.
"I'll probably be on the floor next game," Bryant told ESPN during the broadcast of the Lakers' 99-87 win against the Golden State Warriors.
If he again feels no discomfort...
SAN ANTONIO For those wondering how Kobe Bryant would integrate himself with the rest of the Lakers after sliding into the role of coach for the last two weeks, a new question posed itself Friday when Bryant finally suited up and played.
What happened to his team?
Bryant returned looking much like his old self, but the swaggering, rugged, ball-sharing group that had surfaced with...
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will play Friday against the San Antonio Spurs after missing seven games with a left shin injury.Bryant participated in the Lakers' shootaround Friday morning without a brace or wrap covering his left shin.Coach Mike Brown said there would no restrictions on Bryant's minutes in the contest.Bryant is averaging 28.1 points and 5.4 rebounds...
The San Antonio Spurs obliterated the Los Angeles Lakers in their final regular season matchup 121-97 and also spoiled the return of Kobe Bryant to the court after the Lakers' star was out of action due to a shin injury.
In that game, Bryant scored 18 points but according to Kobe himself, he could have scored a lot more on the Spurs. 50 to be exact.
“San Antonio was playing...
Kobe Bryant leads Kevin Durant by a tenth of a percentage point in the race for the scoring title.
It's a ludicrous question that's posed every year when Kobe Bryant sits out for a few games: Are the Lakers actually better without Kobe?
It always sounds crazy, and it is crazy in the sense that it's not true. But there's a reason the question is always raised.
The Lakers tend to play more loose and free when Kobe isn't on the floor. There's 20-30...
The San Antonio Spurs handed the Los Angeles Lakers their worst loss of the season earlier this week, but that came with Kobe Bryant sidelined.
The Spurs likely won't get such a break this time with the Lakers star set to return from injury.
The Western Conference-leading Spurs will be trying to extend their winning streak to six Friday night, but Bryant is expected to play...
The San Antonio Spurs (45-16) will face the Los Angeles Lakers (40-23) for the final time during the regular season in San Antonio as both teams will look to take the series lead.
The Spurs and Lakers have both split their first two meetings this season with both teams winning on the road. Add the fact both teams have won convincingly makes tonight's game key as to which team...
The Lakers appear patient about Kobe Bryant's recovery from a sore left shin so that he's healthy for the playoffs. Meanwhile, it has prompted Coach Mike Brown to start Devin Ebanks, who has spent most of the season out of the rotation, at shooting guard.
"Hopefully when Kobe comes back," Ebanks said, "Coach will still have me in the rotation to play."...