Bryant rejoins Lakers after knee procedure

The Associated Press
Bryant rejoins Lakers after knee procedure
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ONTARIO, CA - OCTOBER 8: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers waves to the crowd prior to the game against the Denver Nuggets at Citizens Business Bank Arena on October 8, 2013 in Ontario, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) -- Kobe Bryant rejoined the Lakers after having a procedure on his knee performed overseas earlier this week.

Bryant sat on the bench Tuesday night as Los Angeles beat Denver 90-88. He received an ovation when he walked on to the floor in sweats during warm-ups. Bryant, who is also recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, was not made available to the media but reported progress in an in-house television interview.

''It's going well,'' Bryant said. ''I feel good. Obviously, I feel like I'm ahead of schedule. It's about trying to get that range of motion back where I feel like I can run comfortably. The last stage is really the explosiveness and the muscle endurance, and that will come.''