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Postby LakerFan1235 on Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:26 pm

I may be in the minority but I think D'antoni makes some pretty funny comments at times,
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Postby XXIV on Sun Nov 17, 2013 5:27 pm

Yeah he's pretty funny. :man10:
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Postby Rooscooter on Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:18 pm

Unfortunately his personnel rotations are a riot....
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Postby sister golden hair on Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:01 pm

To paraphrase Joe Pesci: "Funny? Funny how?"
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Postby karacha on Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:49 pm

Kobe really wants to come back and play with these guys, I'm sure.
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Postby CarFlagChris on Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:54 pm

bumrusherer wrote:Great news that he is close to being healthy. But, I won't lie, I was looking forward to him getting a long rest and coming back for next season with a better rosters to work with.

Anyway, do your thing, Kobe


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Postby D.B. Cooper on Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:19 am

Now fully cleared for all basketball activities according to Ding
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Postby The Laker Link on Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:27 am

If he comes back around Thanksgiving, then I feel like the Lakers have a chance to make a playoff push....which I feel confident putting a little money on. If he can't make it back till January still.....something tells me they are going to trade Nash for picks and Pau for picks and expiring and tell Kobe to take his time getting in Basketball shape, and pull a Derrick Rose and chill till next year.

Either way.....I can live with it.
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Postby karacha on Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:31 am

I think he's coming back soon. He's cleared, just needs to get back in game shape... but knowing Kobe, that wont take long. If he's willing to play some limited minutes at the 3 and share them with Wes, why not? In fact, I would make Kobe full-time 3 at this point in his career. Meeks and Swaggy got this at the SG.
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Postby revgen on Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:12 am

We don't have a game until Friday, so I don't see him missing too many games.
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Postby Doc Brown on Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:45 am

Kobe Bryant Fully Cleared for All Basketball Related Activities
BY KEVIN DING (NBA NATIONAL COLUMNIST) ON NOVEMBER 18, 2013

LOS ANGELES — It’s up to Kobe Bryant now.

Bryant has full medical clearance, I was told Sunday by someone in a position to have such knowledge—meaning he can do anything and everything without restriction as the recovery from his ruptured left Achilles tendon nears its conclusion.

Lakers coaches and basketball operations staff are all content to wait for Bryant to decide in his own mind when he’s ready to resume one of the greatest careers in basketball history after one of the worst injuries that can befall any basketball player.

Dec. 6 at Sacramento? Earlier? Later? It’s Bryant’s call, but what is certain is he can now push himself as far as he wants in his first full-speed practices of the season beginning Tuesday. After so many recent days of running but no sprinting or sprinting but no cutting or this but not that, Bryant has been freed even for five-on-five contact scrimmaging whenever he so chooses.

The reason Bryant was able to appear in Lakers team practice Saturday—albeit in a very limited capacity, with players doing less-than-full-speed drills against no defense—was because any and all restrictions on his activity had been lifted.


Even with full clearance, though, Bryant is not expected to jump right back into game action Friday night against Golden State or even the next week of Thanksgiving. Bryant wants to test his ankle joint and see how it responds, which he will get to on an initial basis with full-scale team practices set for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

In testing himself, Bryant intends to be thorough. That’s why he surprised teammates by how driven he was in that team workout on a quiet Saturday meant to be a light day in the gym for the Lakers. Said teammate Jordan Hill, “I thought he wasn’t going to go that hard, but he was really pushing it.”

After his ankle joint was immobilized for so long since April 13 surgery, Bryant knows he needs to push through all the natural stiffness and regain full range of motion in the ankle. That stuff—and the “black-out” training to regain his conditioning—is separate from the healing of the actual tendon, which has been accomplished without any stretching of it, the most common fear during recovery.

So the plan Bryant shared back in June with the Lakers’ flagship radio station, KSPN-AM 710 in Los Angeles, still essentially holds: “I’m shooting for November—December latest. That's my goal in my head,” Bryant said then.


The Dec. 6 game in Sacramento at one of Bryant’s favorite venues might serve as a logical date because the Lakers have no games scheduled Dec. 2-5, meaning Bryant could gain clarity in his mind during practices that week that his left ankle is completely ready and the right knee he treated in Germany last month is also primed.

The Lakers will not have much team practice at all next week, when they have three road games in four nights at Washington, Brooklyn and Detroit. They play at home against Portland on Dec. 1.

In the normal Bryant scenario where he has medical clearance, there would be no timetable whatsoever. It would be understood by all parties that he’d simply be playing immediately. Bryant’s usual gauge is whether he can avoid making the injury clearly worse by playing, and if so, he’s a go.

In this case, he is proceeding with greater care. He knows he will have to scale back if he has any complications in basketball workouts.

But by all firsthand accounts, the team was already transformed in practice Saturday by Bryant’s presence and intensity. They then put together one of their best games in beating Detroit on Sunday night with Steve Blake, Nick Young, Wesley Johnson and Hill singled out by Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni, who has been downplaying the prospect of any imminent Bryant return.

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The Lakers, who might get Steve Nash back from his nerve-root irritation around the same time Bryant plays, don’t want a distraction caused by constant speculation when Bryant’s season debut will come. There’s little doubt, however, that fascination over Bryant will soon overshadow the Lakers’ fight to improve a 5-7 record without him.

After so many years of NBA championship expectations, this season has dialed things down to a much simpler matter for Lakers fans. Can Kobe still be Kobe? Can he provide yet another inspiration to those who long ago concluded he can overcome anything?

Now that Bryant has full clearance, all his diehard fans can rest assured they will have something to see soon. All the skeptics studying medical history and Bryant’s advanced NBA age of 35 can start gearing up as well.

Here’s the last part of Bryant’s quote from the radio back in June: “Once I’m ready to go, it’s gonna be on.”


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Postby kenzo on Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:50 am

^ good thing Kobe is no Rose :man9:
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Postby Magic Skywalker on Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:59 am

VERY good news.
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Postby therealdeal on Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:12 pm

Fantastic news. I think Kobe will have a great factor in this team's development. The team is mostly full of young guys who look up to him. They'll listen to him. They'll adjust to him. It's going to be great to see.

As long as Kobe can play his game and stay healthy this team will make the playoffs and scare someone in the first round.
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Postby Lakerjones on Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:13 pm

Great news!!! :jam2:
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Postby shoe on Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:29 pm

I want his first game to be at home. Imagine the crowd reaction :jsm:
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Postby Mookie on Mon Nov 18, 2013 1:28 pm

He's baaack!
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Postby karacha on Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:14 pm

After Thanksgiving maybe? Plenty of time to practice and dunk on Kaman. :man10:
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Postby The Original 81 on Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:29 pm

I was hoping he'd be back by next Wednesday the 26th, as the Lakers are in Brooklyn. I want to get tickets but they're a bit pricey for me and I'd probably do it I'd it was Kobe's first game back.

Either way, GREAT news, his return is imminent. :man9:
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Postby Battle Tested20 on Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:58 pm

shoe wrote:I want his first game to be at home. Imagine the crowd reaction :jsm:

I was thinking this same thing
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Postby Barnstable on Mon Nov 18, 2013 3:16 pm

The Original 81 wrote:I was hoping he'd be back by next Wednesday the 26th, as the Lakers are in Brooklyn. I want to get tickets but they're a bit pricey for me and I'd probably do it I'd it was Kobe's first game back.

Either way, GREAT news, his return is imminent. :man9:

I wish I could go too, but this late, I'm sure it's sold out or ridiculous expensive... then again, it's not at Staples Center, so I might be over estimating the price of tickets, and the fact that Kobe was out, tickets might still be available.
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Postby DJ-RaZ-Q#24 on Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:01 pm

Oh how I missed the word "imminent" :man10: ...
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Postby XXIV on Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:24 pm

Battle Tested20 wrote:
shoe wrote:I want his first game to be at home. Imagine the crowd reaction :jsm:

I was thinking this same thing


Ditto, it would be awesome. :jam2:
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Postby The Original 81 on Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:03 pm

Barnstable wrote:
The Original 81 wrote:I was hoping he'd be back by next Wednesday the 26th, as the Lakers are in Brooklyn. I want to get tickets but they're a bit pricey for me and I'd probably do it I'd it was Kobe's first game back.

Either way, GREAT news, his return is imminent. :man9:

I wish I could go too, but this late, I'm sure it's sold out or ridiculous expensive... then again, it's not at Staples Center, so I might be over estimating the price of tickets, and the fact that Kobe was out, tickets might still be available.


I can get them through my job, nothing crazy just regular seats, I just checked again and the cheapest I can get is $85, the seats are in the upper level in the corners, which aren't great.

It's not THAT bad though, they went down from when I first checked. If that's something you'd be interested in lemme know and we'll go together. I haven't checked stubhub or any of those sites so I don't have any prices to compare it to.

I didn't realize you lived in NYC, how recently have you been down here?
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