Saturday Practice Report

Kobe Bryant participated in various 5-on-0 drills and shooting exercises Saturday afternoon, as he continues to progress towards an imminent return to the court.

The Lakers went through a light practice session Saturday afternoon, in part to allow Bryant to get some work in. He has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against Portland, but with the team not playing again until Friday at Sacramento, the possibility remains he could return then.

“We’ll have to see where he is,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “I don’t want to anticipate anything. Those are days where he can work and see and reevaluate where he is and how he feels after the three days and then make a decision going forward. It doesn’t mean he will play Friday, it doesn’t mean he won’t. But that’s the time to evaluate it.”

Though Bryant worked out on the court, Jordan Hill and Pau Gasol did not participate in any activity because of various injuries.

Hill played just 14 minutes at Detroit, exiting the game for good early in the third quarter after landing awkwardly on his left ankle. Gasol, meanwhile, recorded 13 points and 12 rebounds in 33 minutes of action, his third double-double in the last five games.