Kobe Bryant Impresses Phil Jackson & The Top NBA News

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Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant throws against Barcelona during their NBA Europe Live basketball game at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona October 7, 2010. REUTERS/Albert Gea (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

Today the Lakers will play a pre season game against the Sacramento Kings, and their star Kobe Bryant is expected to get some minutes in.  At first, Phil Jackson planned to limit Bryant’s playing time to under 20 minutes, but that number may increase.  Bryant practiced for the first time on Tuesday since returning from the European trip,  and looked very impressive.  Coach Phil Jackson said Kobe looked very healthy and survived a full practice .  This is good news for all Laker fans, as Kobe Bryant seems to be getting healthy and inching closer to 100%.

Kobe Bryant participated in practice and looked very impressive: Los Angeles Times

The Latest on the Lakers

The Lakers will face off with their old rivals today, the Sacramento Kings, for a classical pre season showdown. [Lakers.com BasketBlog]

Former Laker center DJ Mbenga will work out for the New Orleans Hornets. [ESPN.com]

Back-up center for the Orlando Magic, Marcin Gortat, believes his team has a better front line than the Lakers.   However, I am not sure if any other team has two seven foot all-star caliber centers. [Hoopsnotes]

Matt Barnes is one of the new players on the Lakers’ squad, but he is having trouble understanding the Triangle Offense. [Hoopsnotes]

Interview with Laker rookie Devin Ebanks. [ESPN Los Angeles]

The Latest on the NBA

The Wizards fined guard Gilbert Arenas for faking his knee injury, in order to sit out a pre season game. [NBA.com]

Former Heat player Michael Beasley does not want to talk about the over-hyped Heat team.  He is focused on the Timberwolves, not his former team. [Hoopsnotes]

The NBA is trying to expand their Hispanic marketing campaign, éne•bé•a. [Slam Magazine]

Yesterday, the Miami Heat played CSKA Moscow and won.  However, LeBron James left the game after his right hamstring cramped up.  First Wade got injured, now LeBron, so that mean Chris Bosh must be next. [Slam Magazine]

NBA Pre Season Results for October 12th, 2010

76ers- 103 Celtics-92

Wizards-107 Hawks-92

Heat-96 CSKA Moscow-85

Bulls-109 Raptors-90

Timberwolves-122 Nuggets-108

Grizzlies-116 Thunder-96

Spurs-100 Clippers-99

Jazz-105 Suns-100

Kings-116 Warriors-97

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