Kobe Bryant returns to court

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Kobe Bryant has returned to the court for the first time since tearing his Achilles in April, reports ESPN.

Bryant is continuing his rehabilitation after tearing the tendon and has taken a major step towards a return by jogging and taking set shots on court at the LA Lakers' training camp.

Although yet to take part in a full training session with team mates, coach Mike D'Antoni has confirmed that the star is progressing well and is running again.

"He just keeps progressing," D'Antoni told ESPN. "He was out today shooting a little bit and jogging. He just keeps getting better."

Although a small step in a long road to recovery, the news represents a significant step towards recovering from the major injury to his left leg.

D'Antoni had recently stated that Bryant was running with up to 80% of his own body weight on the team's anti-gravity treadmill. But the news that he is running on court means he is now able to run with his full weight.

"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."

"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."

Pau Gasol is one man who can not wait to see Bryant back in the squad. Bryant's team mate has conceded that the team is missing his presence.

He told ESPN: "It's definitely different," Gasol said. "He's around but he's not practicing. He's not involved. I know he can't wait to get back on the floor and be with us, but we'll be ready for him to come back. We want him to be ready, not have any setbacks." 

Lakers free agent, however, has a less sentimental view on Bryant's injury and has revealed his own technique of speeding up his recovery.

"I've been talking trash to him a little bit to get out there," Young said. "I'm just waiting for him to get out there so I can go out him. I can talk trash now because he can't do anything."

"When Kobe comes back, a lot of things will change," Young said. "You just have to pick your spots now and try to get comfortable with the position you're in."

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