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Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error OAKLAND >> The nostalgia started before Kobe Bryant stepped on the court. It happened before lineup introductions, too.A video featuring Warriors executive and former Lakers general manager Jerry West flashed on the scoreboard. Then, West spoke about acquiring Bryant’s draft rights from Charlotte in 1996 and offered a testimony more powerful than any Bryant highlight reel could capture in his last game here. “Twenty years later, I was right,” West said. “The Lakers were right. And I see this incredible basketball player with a resume that’s almost second to none.”Through it all, Bryant sat on the bench smiling. “That was a tough one for me to get through,” Bryant said afterwards. “That got me a little bit.”Bryant experienced a more difficult task, though. West had gushed about Bryant’s “ability to play when other players would simply not play.” But as the Lakers demonstrated in their 116-98 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Thursday at the Oracle, Bryant’s pain threshold alone does not assure both victory and memorable performances as it did in past seasons.Two days after playing only 16 minutes because of pain in the tendinitis in his right Achilles, Bryant returned and posted only eight points on 4-of-15 shooting, six rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes. He started the game making three of his first six shots. But then he made only one of his next nine attempts, something that Lakers coach Byron Scott blamed on “rust.”“I felt okay,” Bryant said. “It was sore. But it didn’t lock up on me. It didn’t lock up so I was able to move around. The soreness I can deal with.” Though the Lakers said doctors have given Bryant medical clearance to play, Scott reported that head athletic trainer Gary Vitti has suggested Bryant should sit out one or two weeks. But Scott said Bryant only needed “to tell me he’s good” to return. Bryant also scoffed at temporarily shutting down after missing three consecutive games earlier this month amid soreness in his right shoulder. “It’s hard for me to say, ‘I’m going to shut it down for two weeks,’” Bryant said. “What if it’s better in two days? If it’s not better in two weeks, I won’t play for two weeks. But if it gets better before then, I should be out there playing.”It remains unclear if Bryant will play when the Lakers (9-32) visit the Utah Jazz (17-22) at Vivint Smart Home Arena. But Scott reported that Bryant told him during Thursday’s game that “he wa fine and felt good.”The Lakers surprisingly also felt good with their chances against the Warriors (37-3), trailing only 52-49 at halftime after Golden State shot only 34.8 percent through the first half. The Lakers also featured Jordan Clarkson (22 points), Lou Williams (21 points), D’Angelo Russell (14 points, three assists) and Julius Randle (14 points, eight rebounds) posting double figures. But Scott knew those numbers “weren’t going to last.” Stephen Curry scored 11 of his 26 points in the third quarter. Golden State closed out that period with a 13-2 run. And the Lakers committed six of their 21 turnovers during that time.But Bryant completed the game just fine despite admitting beforehand he feels “pretty sore” when he changes direction. Though Bryant entered the game with 5:35 left, Scott also reached what he called a “happy medium” by not playing Bryant over the 30-32 minutes he has played on most nights this season. Bryant exited with 3:05 remaining before waving to the crowd that gave him a standing ovation. Said Bryant: “I was really stiff. But I thought it was the right thing to do to go back in the game and play and try to enjoy it one more time.”Said Scott: “I put him out there because I wanted him to get that ovation and the just due he deserves. I was hoping it was just what it was. It was great he acknowledged the fans as well to show his appreciation for that.”Scott hardly sounded nostalgic the day earlier when he expressed concerns about needing to scale back Bryant’s workload to ensure he completes his final NBA season. But Scott tempered his take on Thursday morning, saying he would largely defer to Bryant on his playing status.“If his intention is to play, I have to honor his intentions,” Scott said. “If he wants to play, I’m not going to sit here and say, ‘No, you can’t play,’ especially when I know he’s able and willing to go out and play. He may not play great and be 100 percent healthy. But he feels it’s an obligation to do that. So I’m behind him 110 percent.”Bryant has not played at 100 percent in recent years, entering this season playing a combined 76 games the previous three campaigns amid overlapping injuries to his left Achilles, right knee and right shoulder. Once Bryant tore his left Achilles on April 12, 2013 against the Warriors, he recalled spending a near week eating ice cream and cake before focusing on his eight-month rehab. “I’ve never seen anyone play through the stuff he plays through. After a while, we learn he’s playing no matter what unless someone takes him off the court,” said Warriors interim coach and former Lakers teammate Luke Walton, who then recalled Bryant playing in a game through an injured right shoulder. “That hurt a little bit he thought shooting left-handed 3-pointers was more effective than passing me the ball. But that’s what made him such a great player.”Bryant did not resort to such measures on Thursday against Golden State. “I thought his night was one of those nights where I knew he was going to struggle a little bit with the way he played,” Scott said. But the way Bryant played for most of his career sparked different impressions. So with West speaking in a two-minute tribute video gushing about his greatness, the Warriors executive later admitted skepticism on whether anyone could duplicate it. “He’s left a big footprint there,” West said. “I don’t see anyone now that’s going to step in those footprints, but I’m hopeful.”Bryant sounded more than hopeful that the NBA’s defending champions could fill a big footprint, though. Bryant signed a pair of shoes for Warriors forward Draymond Green with the message, “Make history.” When Bryant reiterated that message to Curry, he replied, “I got to chase you.” Bryant laughed. “Damn right. Absolutely come and get them,” Bryant said. “It’s their time to step up and play and see how many championships they can win and see how many gold medals they can win. I had my run. It’s important for them to carry it forward.”But with Bryant already making history, he met beforehand with West, Warriors general manager Bob Myers and Warriors co-owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber. Then, the Warriors staff presented Bryant with a double magnum of Amuse Bouche from Napa and a family vacation package to the area. “‘I wish I would’ve had my last game here earlier in the season because you guys just elevate the bar in terms of gifts I’m receiving,’” Bryant recalled jokingly telling the Warriors. “It was awesome to see them.”It was also awesome for Bryant to receive the best gift of all, a video tribute from the man that showed the strongest faith that his basketball greatness would carry through the NBA for nearly two decades.
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