(AP) -- Kobe Bryant is nearly ready to make his season debut. But the Los Angeles Lakers will have to make do without their star for at least one more game.
They'll try to win a third straight road game with their short-handed rotation Friday night against the Sacramento Kings.
Bryant practiced for a third straight day Thursday without any setbacks, though the Lakers dispelled the speculation he might play against the Kings. He did mention Sunday's contest against Toronto as a possibility if he feels like he is ready to return from the torn left Achilles he suffered on April 12.