NBA Notes: For Kobe, Sunday return is possibility

NBA Notes: For Kobe, Sunday return is possibility
December 5, 2013, 11:30 pm
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Kobe Bryant hasn't played in an NBA game since tearing his Achilles tendon on April 12 of last season. (USA Today Images)

It's possible that Kobe Bryant could make his season debut when the Lakers take on the Raptors on Sunday.

Bryant, who is recovering from Achilles surgery, was originally said to be eyeing Friday against the Kings as a potential return. But, according to ESPN Los Angeles, that's not happening anymore.

Now, Sunday seems to be a possibility for Bryant, who, on Thursday at the launch event for the new Nike "Kobe 9" sneaker, wouldn't rule it out.

"It feels that way," Bryant said. "It feels pretty good. This is the second day now that I've been able to get out there and move around and play and play pretty well, and it felt like I could do anything that I wanted to do out there on the floor, so we progress to [Thursday]. On to tomorrow. Let's see if I can go three days straight and then have another hard workout on Friday and kind of measure it accordingly."

-- Staff

Rose won't rule out return this season
CHICAGO -- Derrick Rose isn't wavering.

He still sees himself as a star, a cornerstone player, despite another major knee injury that brought his long-awaited return to a screeching halt. So he wasn't quite sure what to make of the idea.

Is it time for the Chicago Bulls to move on, to abandon the idea of building around him, given his injuries?

"What can I say to that?" Rose said. Then, after a long pause, he added, "You could be a fool if you want to. Dead serious. I know I'm going to be all right."

In fact, he's not quite ruling out a return this season.

The superstar point guard left the door slightly open for a comeback in the playoffs if his surgically repaired right knee is healed -- even though the team has said he will miss the rest of the year (see full story).

-- The Associated Press

LeBron to co-star in movie
CHICAGO -- LeBron James is taking his game to the silver screen.

The Miami Heat superstar confirmed reports before Thursday's game against the Chicago Bulls that he will co-star with Kevin Hart in the comedy "Ballers." Hart plays the brother of an NBA star who gets a chance to prove himself at a fantasy basketball camp in Miami.

James says the opportunity to work with Hart was a product of their "friendship" and "mutual respect." He says the role is "something I could relate to, as far as fantasy basketball and guys wanting to be basketball players" who "never had really had the great opportunity to be a professional athlete."

-- The Associated Press