"If I'm healthy and the situation is right, I'm going to be back playing (in time for the playoffs)," he said. "If I'm healthy and my meniscus is fully healed, of course I'll be out there playing, but if it's something totally different and the outcome is not how I would want it to be, it's no need."
"It feels pretty good," Bryant told ESPN. "This is the second day now that I've been able to get out there and move around and play and play pretty well, and it felt like I could do anything that I wanted to do out there on the floor, so we progress to (Thursday). On to tomorrow. Let's see if I can go three days straight and then have another hard workout on Friday and kind of measure it accordingly."
--Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams, the NBA Eastern Conference rookie of the month for November, likely will sit out the team's Friday road game against the Charlotte Bobcats due to a sore right knee.
Carter-Williams missed practice Thursday, and he remained in Philadelphia to receive treatment when the team traveled to Charlotte, the 76ers announced in a press release. The news came hours after the rookie told reporters at practice that he would travel to Charlotte and see how his knee felt in Friday's shoot-around before determining his status.
"I don't think he's close," Ainge said. "Meaning, I don't think (his return is) going to happen the next few weeks."
--The Golden State Warriors waived 7-foot center Dewayne Dedmon on Thursday.
Dedmon, 24, was originally signed as a D-League call-up from the Santa Cruz Warriors on Nov. 18. He appeared in four games with Golden State, logging a total of six minutes.