Lakers fans will be happy with today’s news coming out of practice regarding Kobe Bryant. #24 practiced with the team and went full speed today in their scrimmage.  Interesting to note that Kobe was seen as being more of a facilitator rather than looking for his own shot.   He was able to cut, go around screens, and did not look limited.

What was the most exciting part of the scrimmage? The ending. That’s when Kobe finished the game with a dunk, showing that he is comfortable exploding off the Achilles.

The next step is to see how Kobe’s Achilles responds after practice and tomorrow, when the Lakers practice again.  It’s positive news for the Black Mamba as he nears his return to the court.

Pau Gasol was on the floor as well so it does not look like he will miss any time with his sprained right ankle.  He commented on Kobe’s day of practice, offering positive words for Lakers’ fans.

In another significant injury update, Steve Nash returned to the floor today and practiced before the media was allowed in.  He did not participate in the 5-on-5 scrimmage because of a sore back.  From the sound of things, it was baby steps for Nash and it could be days and possibly weeks until we see him back in game action.  There’s plenty of concern from Nash and it’s important the Lakers do not rush him back to the court.

The Lakers will travel to Sacramento on Friday to take on the Kings.  Kobe’s return could not come soon enough after Jordan Farmar’s hamstring injury depleting the point guard depth.  Steve Blake practiced, despite a hyper-extended elbow, and is the lone point guard at the moment.  The expectation is that Kobe will play more of a facilitator role upon his return.

Xavier Henry also played some point guard in the scrimmage so there is a chance that if Kobe does not make his return Friday, that Henry could see some time at the back-up point guard position.

Here is the InstaVid from the Lakers of Kobe’s left-handed dunk today:

Also, Gasol had this to say on Twitter after practice.

Stay tuned with for more news and injury updates!