O.C Register: You don’t know what each day is going to bring.

Well, in the case of Kobe Bryant, we did know that Wednesday would make clear that he wasn’t seriously injured. But an afternoon that included Bryant gravely acknowledging about the moments after hyperextending his right knee: “I saw the (championship) ring flash before my eyes,” ended with a much different tone.

It became a glimpse into what it’s like to be on this advanced-chemistry team – and how Bryant has evolved into the guys’ guy that everyone said he wasn’t.

Here’s how it went down …

Bryant has an icepack wrapped around his right knee, standing by the door that leads from the practice court toward the Lakers’ locker room. He is done offering assurances about his health and is just chit-chatting with reporters.

Sasha Vujacic has been on the court long after organized team practice ended, doing extensive shooting to make up for time missed because of his injured left ankle. Vujacic has an appointment with a foot specialist in the morning to get the “green light,” but he’s already pushing hard on the accelerator.

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