Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash impress Los Angeles Lakers in 5-on-5 scrimmage

first_img“I understand the level of curiosity,” Bryant said. “I just do what I do.”After appearing in only 15 games last season because of nerve root irritation in his back and hamstrings, Nash appeared like his vintage self with fluid pick-and-rolls and crisp passes. Bryant set Nash up for an open 18-foot jumper that he canned. “Steve impressed me and Kobe impressed me,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “For not playing basketball that much, to play the way they did today and get up and down the floor the way they did yesterday, I was impressed.” Bryant and Nash haven’t played in a game together since March 30, 2013 in Sacramento, where Nash left because of hamstring issues. Less than a month later, Bryant tore his left Achilles. And with that, Scott stayed insistent that Bryant and Nash would miss the evening portion of their two-a-day session on Wednesday.“If he has something left in the tank, that’s great,” Scott said of Bryant. “He can save it for tomorrow.” The Lakers will also have two-a-day sessions today, Saturday and Sunday before their preseason opener on Monday against the Denver Nuggets in San Diego. Before that time, Bryant said he does not feel as if he needs progress anymore beyond following his daily ritual in icing his legs, staying hydrated, eating nutritious foods and resting.Bryant playfully scolded reporters and called them “rusty” for peppering him with questions about his health and return. In several different variances, Bryant said, “I’m fine,” and reported feeling only “a little sore” after participating in practices on Tuesday and Wednesday that put a high emphasis on conditioning drills. “Just using this time to really button things up as a team and get execution down,” Bryant said. “I’m pretty patient. Even though the games are coming eventually, I’m not necessarily rushing to get to them.”Mid-season formBryant hardly appeared in the mood to talk about the Cleveland Cavaliers acquiring Kevin Love from Minnesota this offseason. Bryant called it a “good trade,” but was he hoping Love would land with the Lakers once he becomes a free agent in the 2015 offseason?“No,” Bryant said with sarcasm.Injury updateLakers forward Ryan Kelly missed Wednesday’s practice because of a moderately strained left hamstring, an absence Scott described as “precautionary.” Xavier Henry also sat out his second consecutive practice because of back spasms. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Once Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash officially enter the Hall of Fame, the images from the Lakers’ five-on-five scrimmage on Wednesday will likely become lost amid the array of other more memorable performances. But for a pair that spent more time in the past year bonding in the training room than on a basketball court, Bryant and Nash showed plenty of moments in the team’s first formal five-on-five scrimmage on Wednesday that left the Lakers inspired. After playing in only six games last season amid left Achilles and left knee injuries, Bryant provided numerous highlights that included a right-handed dunk, multiple pull-up jumpers and fluid movement. A week ago, Bryant impressed the Lakers during an informal five-on-five scrimmage with his movement, shooting accuracy and lift, though he did not dunk. The latest scrimmage featured three officials, providing more structure than the more informal setting in Bryant’s first five-on-five appearance. last_img

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