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Kobe Rejoins Lakers After Overseas Knee Procedure

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ONTARIO, Calif. (CBSLA.com/AP) — Kobe Bryant rejoined the Lakers after having a procedure on his knee performed overseas earlier this week.

Bryant sat on the bench Tuesday night as Los Angeles beat Denver 90-88. He received an ovation when he walked on to the floor in sweats during warm-ups.  Bryant, who is also recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, was not made available to the media but reported progress in an in-house television interview.

“It’s going well,” Bryant said. “I feel good. Obviously, I feel like I’m ahead of schedule. It’s about trying to get that range of motion back where I feel like I can run comfortably. The last stage is really the explosiveness and the muscle endurance, and that will come.”

Bryant spent the game on the Lakers bench, talking strategy and giving tips to fellow Lakers Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, and coach Mike D’Antoni.

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