Kobe Bryant had left the Lakers to fly to Germany and have another round of platelet-rich plasma therapy, and he even posted a pic to give fans a glimpse of the process. This is becoming a tradition for Bryant in the latter years of his career to keep the 35 year old's knees spry, and had nothing to do with his Achilles injury and rehab.
Two hours before tipoff, he got off the team bus with a small box of cupcakes in his hand as a Lakers security official handed him his sunglasses. Bryant sat on the bench during the game while wearing his Lakers warm-ups. It was as close as he got to playing exactly three weeks before the season opener.
There has still been no announcement for Mamba's return to action, except he maintains that he's ahead of schedule. As we've noted here several times, Bryant was aiming to be ready for the season opener, but with that inside of three weeks away it seems doubtful.