Five days into the Los Angeles Lakers' training camp Kobe Bryant took the court for the first time Wednesday. Bryant didn't practice with his teammates and the Lakers continue to avoid providing a timetable for their star guard's return but just seeing Bryant do some light jogging and set shooting was a sight for sore eyes for coach Mike D'Antoni. "He just keeps progressing" D'Antoni said. "He was out today shooting a little bit and jogging. He just keeps getting better." It was a minor step for Bryant who has been sidelined from basketball activity since April as he rehabilitates a torn Achilles in his left leg yet a significant one. When training camp opened last weekend D'Antoni told reporters that Bryant had recently upped his workout from 75 percent of his body weight to 80 percent on the team's altered-gravity treadmill. By jogging on the court he effectively graduated back to his full body weight. There is still plenty of rehab left for Bryant to do before he is back in full basketball mode however. His shooting on Wednesday did not involve jumping for example. "He's going up on his tiptoes" D'Antoni said. "I don't think he was jumping but it wasn't flatfooted. It was set shooting." Any progress is encouraging to a Lakers team that is currently looking to figure out who will start at shooting guard small forward and power forward alongside Steve Nash at the point and Pau Gasol at center if Bryant is still out to start the season. "I saw him shoot the ball today for the first time" D'Antoni said. "I don't know if it's the first time but it's the first time I saw him. So that's a progression. I'm not in the training room to see what he does every day. Obviously as hard as he's worked every day he's going to get a little bit better. Now what that means I don't know."
Kobe jogs, shoots hoops at camp
ESPN | Oct 3