Lakers News, Rumors, and Recap: Kobe Bryant Expected to Play Friday

It is the night Lakers fans have been waiting for… the return of the Black Mamba! Kobe Bryant is expected to play tomorrow night against the Spurs, and considering the embarrassing loss on Wednesday, it will be nice to see him come off of the bench.

Kobe missed seven consecutive games with his shin injury. After the Lakers took a little time getting adjusted, things looked on the up and up for the team considering Kobe not suiting up. This past Wednesday marked the end of a 4 game winning streak by a Kobe-less Lakers, with the Spurs showing LA that they weren’t going to let them win a second time in one week. Despite last night’s win, I was nervous for tomorrow’s outcome, and am relieved to find out San Antonio will have to face a stronger Laker team this third time around.

Four games remain in the regular season for the Lakers. Every game is extremely important; we don’t want the Clippers securing the 3rd place seed in the playoffs due to our mistakes.

Lakers Nation also caught up with some Lakers fans from around the world during some of this season’s games. Check out the video to see if you can spot you or any of your friends!

Lakers Nation News

Mitch Kupchak to the Blazers?

Lakers are Victorious over Warriors

Pau Gasol’s Triple Double

Jim Buss Talks About CBA Impact on Lakers

Kobe Bryant Refuses to Talk About Shin Injury

Top 5 Power Forwards in Lakers History

World Peace and Barnes are Renaissance Men

Lakers News

Lakers Pummel Warriors, Kobe is Back [Silver Screen and Roll]

Lakers Mock Draft [SB Nation]

Its a Local Race for the Third Place in West [LA Times]

Can the MPW Rebirth Survive Kobe’s Return? [Silver Screen and Roll]

Why the Lakers Offense Works Without Kobe [Hoopspeak]

Lakers: Who Are the Biggest NBA Surprises? [OC Register]

Lakers: Emerging Contender [Forum Blue and Gold]

Q&A with Jim Buss, Part ONE : Part TWO [ESPN]

Lakers Look Ready for Playoffs [Silver Screen and Roll]

NBA News

Magic, Clippers, Wolves Target J.R. Smith? [Hoops World]

Orlando Magic Bracing for Playoffs Without Dwight Howard [SB Nation]

The Celtics and the Trade Deadline [Bleacher Report]

Road to the Finals: Miami Heat [CBS Sports]

Blazer’s Owner’s Strange Reply to Fishing Trip [Yahoo Sports]

Heat vs Raptors Wrap Up [ESPN]

Popovich Says Ginobli Has Same Competitive Fire as Kobe, Jordan [NBC Sports]

Celtics to Sign Sean Williams [Hoops World]

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