It was quite the day for NBA superstars from the mid-2000s. Making headlines, the Lakers updated the public on Kobe Bryant’s rehab, the Clippers consider taking a flyer on Gilbert Arenas and Tracy McGrady takes to Twitter to campaign for a workout with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Kobe still expected to miss preseason
Mike Breshanan of the Los Angeles Times reports Kobe Bryant continues to excel in his rehab assignments. Regardless, the 15-time all star is still expected to miss the entire preseason and possibly more.
“He’s progressing well and has met all the targets and milestones of his rehab, and we expect him to make a full recovery,” Lakers spokesman John Black said on Monday. “One of the key issues is to make sure he builds up strength and endurance not only in his Achilles but also in his legs, knees, back and core.”
With just over a month left until the start of the regular season, the Lakers sound pessimistic about Bryant’s chances of playing in the preseason.
“We’re going to avoid giving a target return date until he’s doing full weight-bearing running and on-court basketball activities, at the earliest,” Black said.
When the Lakers open up training camp in 11 days, Bryant will be forced to watch his teammates from the sideline.
Speaking of training camp…
Gilbert Arenas, who spent last season playing with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, is reportedly looking for another crack at the NBA.
HOOPSWORLD’s Alex Kennedy reports that the Los Angeles Clippers are considering taking a flyer on the three-time all star:
I’m hearing that Gilbert Arenas has looked good in workouts this summer. The Clippers may invite him to training camp, according to sources.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) September 17, 2013
Arenas last played in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies in the spring of 2012. He averaged 4.2 points in 12.4 minutes per game in a reserve role.
At only 31 years old, Arenas could potentially provide some scoring and experience off the bench for Los Angeles. He starred in Washington with Antawn Jamison from 2004-2010.
As Gilbert Arenas tries to find a job for him in the NBA, fellow former All-Star Tracy McGrady will be campaigning for a workout with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
McGrady formally announced his retirement from the NBA in August. Still, McGrady has not closed the door on a potential opportunity to compete outside of the NBA. Yesterday, he took to Twitter to put his name out there for the NFL:
Jacksonville @jaguars need to bring me on in for a tryout at QB or receiver!
— Tracy McGrady (@Real_T_Mac) September 16, 2013
The Jaguars, at 0-2, are widely considered to be the worst team in the NFL. Regardless, Jacksonville’s reluctance to sign local celebrity Tim Tebow indicates that McGrady’s chances of landing a workout are next to impossible. .