Mike D'Antoni downplays significance of Kobe Bryant's return to practice

The Los Angeles Lakers coach said Kobe Bryant only went through a non-contact session with the team, which he did admit was a "first step" in the guard's return from a torn Achilles.

Kobe Bryant's return to the Los Angeles Lakers practice court was nothing more than a literal return to the practice court. Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni stressed that Bryant wasn't involved in a traditional practice, and there is no timetable or way to gauge his guard's eventual return, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.

Bryant went through a five-on-zero session in what D'Antoni said was a "first step" in his eventual return to game action from a torn Achilles. That, the coach added, wouldn't be for "a bunch of" games.

"You're dealing with if he's sore today or if there's a setback tomorrow," D'Antoni said. "That's the first step and there's a lot of steps to be taken. We need to be cautious. There's a lot of steps to be taken. I just think we need to be cautious. We just better be cool and chill out a bit."

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Bryant showed that he was capable of jumping and shooting in the light practice, but he did so without contact and with his teammates going at about 60 percent, by D'Antoni's estimation.

Nonetheless, all eyes are on Bryant, who would certainly be thrown into the fire with Los Angeles, which has gotten off to a rocky 4-7 start to the season. He averaged 27.3 points, six assists and 5.6 rebounds per game in 2012-13 before tearing his Achilles on April 12.

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