Kobe May Return By Friday

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has been ruled out for their game against the Portland Trailblazers Sunday but the team says Bryant may be ready by the end of next week.

Los Angeles has no games between Sunday and Friday. Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said Bryant will use the three practice days to evaluate how he feels, before determining whether he’s ready to return from a ruptured Achilles’ tendon that’s kept him out since April 12.

“That doesn’t mean he will play Friday, doesn’t mean he won’t. But that’s the time you just evaluate, and I can’t tell you what type of evaluation that will be,” D’Antoni said.

After signing a two-year, $48.5 million extension with the Lakers last week, Bryant said he was still “probably weeks” away from returning to the court.

The Lakers host Portland this Sunday, travel to Sacramento for a game on Friday, then return home next Sunday to play Toronto.