NBA Notes: Kobe goes through 2nd full practice

NBA Notes: Kobe goes through 2nd full practice
November 19, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Kobe Bryant said he was "pleasantly surprised" by how he felt after taking part in a second full Lakers practice since tearing his Achilles. (USA Today Images)

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant has participated in another full practice with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant still isn't sure when he'll be back in uniform, but his second workout with his teammates Tuesday left him optimistic about his return.

The fourth-leading scorer in NBA history hasn't played since tearing his Achilles tendon in a game against Golden State in April. He did several weeks of conditioning work before returning to practice last Saturday for a brief workout.

He did drills and 5-on-5 play with the Lakers on Tuesday. He says he's "pleasantly surprised" by how good he felt afterward.

Bryant says he could adjust his game and contribute something to the Lakers right now, but he wants to make sure he's ready to play for the long haul when he returns (see full story).

Warriors: Curry out with concussion
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry will not play for the Golden State Warriors against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night because of what the team is calling a "mild concussion."

Curry was injured in the fourth quarter of Golden State's 98-87 victory at Utah on Monday night. The star point guard left the game after hitting his head on the court in a scramble for a loose ball.

The Warriors said Tuesday that Curry's only symptom was a headache, which had since dissipated. His status is day to day.

Curry is averaging 19.9 points, 8.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game this season.

Grizzlies: Allen suspended one game
NEW YORK -- The NBA has suspended Grizzlies guard Tony Allen one game without pay for kicking Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul in the face.

Rod Thorn, the NBA's president of basketball operations, announced the penalty Tuesday.

Allen was given a flagrant 2 foul and ejected after his left leg caught Paul's face with 1:51 left in the first quarter of Memphis' 106-102 win over the Clippers on Monday night in Los Angeles.

He will sit out the Grizzlies' next game Wednesday night when Memphis visits Golden State.