Kobe Bryant returned to practice with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday for the first time since he tore his Achilles tendon seven months ago.
Bryant went through several light drills with his teammates during a short practice at the Lakers’ training complex.
“He looked good and did a few moves I didn’t expect him to do right away,” center Pau Gasol told the Lakers’ official website. “I’m very happy for him and for us, and definitely looking forward to when he’ll play in a game.”
Bryant has given no timetable for his return to the court, but had previously said he’ll need significant practice time while getting into game shape for his 18th NBA season.
The fourth-leading scorer in NBA history hadn’t worked out with his teammates since getting hurt in April during a game against Golden State. He has been running on a treadmill for several weeks, but had done few basketball workouts while progressing to running on flat ground.
The Lakers held a brief practice after Friday’s home loss to Memphis dropped them to 4-7. Los Angeles hosts Detroit on Sunday night.
Los Angeles also is without Steve Nash, who has nerve root irritation affecting his back and hamstrings. The two-time MVP point guard will be out for at least another week, likely longer.
NBA suspends Chalmers
Miami guard Mario Chalmers was suspended for one game after he was ejected from the Heat’s 110-104 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. Chalmers sat out Miami’s game at Charlotte on Saturday night.
Chalmers was thrown out with 5:01 remaining after referees ruled he intentionally swung an elbow at Dirk Nowitzki’s head while trying to fight through a screen set by the Mavs’ Samuel Dalembert. Chalmers argued the flagrant-2 call, but the foul was upheld after a replay review.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he disagrees with the NBA’s decision to suspended Chalmers for one game.
“It is disappointing about the suspension and we disagree with the suspension,” Spoelstra said before Saturday night’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats.
“Mario doesn’t have a reputation as that type of player. ... We don’t have to agree with it. What we can do is agree to disagree.”
Sore ankle shelves Bobcat
Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson missed his second consecutive game — and seventh this season — with a sore ankle Saturday night against the Heat.
Bismack Biyombo started at center for Charlotte (5-4). Biyombo averages 3.7 points per game, a significant drop-off from the 15 points per game the veteran Jefferson is averaging this season.
Kings set noise record
The Sacramento Kings have set a record for the loudest roar at an indoor stadium.
The Kings said a sellout crowd of 17,317 at Friday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons broke the previous Guinness Book of World Records mark of 106.6 decibels set by Milwaukee Bucks fans in 2008 three times.
Sacramento fans reached 124.9 decibels during a first quarter timeout. The crowd topped that at halftime and again before the fourth quarter, setting the record at 126 decibels.