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Phil Jackson likes that Kobe Bryant's pacing through his rehabilitation

October 30, 2010 |  1:09 pm

As soon as the preseason started, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson emphasized to Kobe Bryant not to over compensate and over push himself as he rehabilitates from his surgically repaired right knee. Through eight exhibition games and two regular season games, Jackson says Bryant's 25 points on nine of 19 shooting in 34 minutes against Phoenix Friday reflects that progression.

"He was on cruise last night," Jackson said Saturday after practice at the team's facility in El Segundo. "He went through the game and measured it up as hard as he had to and I think that was good. We have plenty of games coming up and the more games we can keep at that speed, the better off we are."

The Lakers' practice Saturday solely involved the reserves, including Lakers forward Luke Walton, who the team says remains a game-time decision involving his injured right hamstring for their contest Sunday against Golden State. Walton, who has missed the Lakers' first two regular season games since reinjuring his hamstring last week in the team's final exhibition game, reported no pain in practice.

--Mark Medina

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