Bryant looked active, making fadeaways over Nick Young and Xavier Henry near the top of the key, scoring on a backdoor layup and finding Wesley Johnson for a layup. He jumped but didn’t dunk during the open portion of practice.
“I’m just trying to do what I normally do, figure some things out about my game — what can I do at this stage, what I can’t do at this stage,” he said.
He compared taking the court Tuesday to the excitement he felt before his first start as a rookie in the 1996-97 season. He also swiped again at a preseason ESPN story that ranked him as the NBA‘s 25th-best player this season.
“You can’t be stubborn about it. If there’s certain things that I used to do that I can’t do now, I won’t try to do them,” he said. “You’ve got to figure out another way.”