Guard hopes to end 5-game absence

Updated: February 22, 2010, 7:46 PM ET
By Dave McMenanin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant hopes to return from his five-game absence because of a strained tendon in his left leg and sprained left ankle in Memphis when the Lakers play the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

Bryant practiced Saturday for the first time since Feb. 15 and when asked what he learned from the session he said, "I got that I'm able to play."

"Today it felt very, very good," Bryant said. "I can jump, I can drive, push off [and] I can get to the basket. It's just a matter of now ...

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