Kobe Bryant “85 percent sure for Tuesday season opener
Kobe Bryant sprained his right foot and sustained a contusion during an exhibition game against the Sacramento Kings more than a week ago. Since, Kobe Bryant has missed team practices and even sat out the Los Angeles Lakers’ final two games of the preseason.
On Monday, Kobe Bryant posted on Facebook that while it still hurt during practices, he sensed some improvement in his foot and will maintain rehabbing.
By Tuesday morning, Kobe Bryant was already participating in team shootaround ahead of tonight’s season opener.
"Since last night, there's substantially less pain," said Kobe Bryant. "The strength has gotten better. The more I ran today, the better it got. So that's very encouraging.”
The 16-year NBA veteran Kobe Bryant has only missed four season openers in his entire career. Moreover, Kobe Bryant has built himself a reputation of playing through severe pain especially when the team needs him. No broken fingers or bad knee issue has been able to keep Kobe Bryant off court for long.
"I did everything (at shootaround), but it's a matter of how sore it gets from now until I get to Staples,” stated Kobe Bryant.
Fans are anticipating the return of the complete Los Angeles Lakers’ All-Star studded lineup featuring Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace On Tuesday. The Los Angeles Lakers key starters only had the opportunity to play together once during the preseason due to roster injuries.
"Of course I want to play,” said Kobe Bryant. “We put together a great roster here, and I worked real hard this summer to get myself in tip-top shape and be ready to go.”
But the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t going to risk an injury to the Black Mamba by playing the shooting guard early at Tuesday’s season opener, and have him out for the rest of the season. Even when the Los Angeles Lakers were going at 0-6 and needed to close the final two preseason games with a win, Kobe Bryant wasn’t called in to burden the load.
“I'm not going to play with an injury that's going to get progressively worse and just limp through the season,” added Kobe Bryant. “I worked too hard for that.”
Kobe Bryant averaged 20.4 points on a 50 percent shooting during five exhibition games this preseason.
However, this isn’t exactly the way Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown would have anticipated to start the regular season on Tuesday with two back-to-back games with veteran roster.
After playing the Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Lakers will board a plane for Wednesday’s road game against the Portland Trail Blazers. But for the next 11 of their 15 games, the Los Angeles Lakers will play comfortably at home, with only two back-to-back games landing in that specific timetable.