Bryant Stays On Positive Track

101012_kobe_artest_hamblenAny small bit of news regarding Kobe Bryant’s health is always of interest in Los Angeles, and the latest nugget is on the positive side for the Lakers.

On Tuesday morning at the team’s practice facility, Bryant (knee) went through a full shooting and weight lifting workout on his own, then joined the team midway through practice and participated fully.

“I think he looked OK,” said Lakers coach Phil Jackson. “(His morning work out) tempered a little bit how he looked (at practice). I think it affected him a little bit, but I thought he looked better than he’s looked so far.”

After practice, the Lakers set out to leave in advance of Wednesday’s preseason game in Las Vegas against the Sacramento Kings. Jackson detailed his plan for Bryant, suggesting that he’s going to play No. 24 in eight-minute segments in the first and third quarters.

Jackson did leave the door open for additional playing time late in the game if Bryant feels up to it, and depending upon the game’s circumstances.