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Lakers’ Kobe Bryant feeling “really, really strong” yet weeks away

first_img“I’m willing and ready to adapt to whatever my body is telling me,” Bryant said.Kupchak also suggested Bryant should have limited playing time after averaging around 38 minutes per game the past two seasons.“I’m comfortable with that,” Bryant said. “The goal is to win a championship and put ourselves in a position to win a championship. I feel we have some really good pieces and guys who are really competitive, athletic and energy that can carry a game.”Record-breakingWith Bryant secured to play through the 2015-16 season, could he surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer?“Yeah, I can see that,” D’Antoni said.Bryant, who ranks fourth overall with 31,617 points, would need 6,771 more to pass Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA record 38,387 points. Bryant also trails Michael Jordan (32,292 points) and Karl Malone (36,928). “That’s the thing I’m probably most proud of individually,” Bryant said. “It’s a lot of commitment and a lot of dedication to get your body ready to train every summer. During the season, it’s a lot of work for a long period of time with relatively no time off. I’m very very proud of that consistency.”Injury updateLakers forward Chris Kaman missed his third consecutive game because of back issues. WASHINGTON – Kobe Bryant, drenched in a sweat-soaked shirt, described himself feeling “really, really strong” with his left Achilles tendon Tuesday after completing another workout during the slow march toward recovery.But he also said he remains “weeks away” from returning and needs to practice more to measure his explosiveness and ability to move from a standstill position. The Lakers don’t practice until next Tuesday, and then play at Sacramento on Dec. 6.Will Bryant play then?“We’ll see, but you kind of start looking at some of those dates,” Bryant said Tuesday before the Lakers-Wizards game at Verizon Center. “Those three days when we get back (next week) are going to be huge to kind of see what I can do and what I can’t do.” Can Bryant duplicate last season’s effort when he averaged 27.3 points (on 46.3 percent shooting), six assists and 5.6 rebounds?“He will be back and he will play at a high level,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “But I can’t begin to say he will average 28 or 27 like he did last year. I don’t know.“We’ll have to wait and see.”Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni added, “I have no doubts he’ll be at a very high level.”He also said Bryant likely will have to offset his diminished athleticism by relying more on his fundamentals. Bryant said he’s observed Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Oscar Robertson, Andre Miler, Gary Payton and Paul Pierce on how to use those skill sets. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

2 potential bombing witnesses seen with suitcase are sought

first_imgNEW YORK — Investigators of last weekend’s bombings have released an image of two men who took a suitcase they found on a city street, possibly without realizing a wired pressure cooker they removed from it and left behind could have blown them to bits.Police investigating the bombings in New York and New Jersey have been saying for several days they were looking for the men, who they stressed were being sought as potential witnesses in the case, not as suspects.“They’re not in any jeopardy of being arrested,” Jim Watters, chief of the New York Police Department’s counterterrorism unit, said on Wednesday. “We have no reason to believe they’re connected.”Federal prosecutors have charged Ahmad Khan Rahami with detonating a pipe bomb in a New Jersey shore town on Saturday morning and a pressure cooker bomb in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood later that night. Thirty-one people were injured in the New York blast. A second pressure cooker bomb left in Manhattan didn’t explode and is the subject of the latest public plea.Prosecutors said surveillance video shows Rahami rolling a suitcase down the street, then abandoning it on the sidewalk where that second device was found.last_img read more