Posted October 30, 2012

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (foot) ’85 percent’ sure he will play in season opener

Ben Golliver, Dallas Mavericks, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant took part in Lakers shootaround Tuesday morning. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

By Ben Golliver

You didn’t really expect one of the league’s biggest stars to sit out opening night, did you?

One day after being listed as a game-time decision for the Lakers’ season opener on Tuesday, All-Star guard Kobe Bryant indicated that he will play through a right foot sprain.

At Lakers shootaround Tuesday morning, a practice in which he participated, Bryant said that he was “85 percent” sure he would take the court against the Dallas Mavericks at the Staples Center. The “go-or-no-go” decision would come down to how his foot responded following shootaround.

“If it gets better, I’ll play,” Bryant said, according to Lakers.com. “If it gets worse, ‘I’ll have to shut it down.’”

Last week, Bryant sat for the Lakers’ final two preseason games, and he did not participate in the team’s practice on Monday.

If Bryant is somehow unable to go, reserve guard Jodie Meeks would likely start in his place.

After hosting the Mavericks on Tuesday, the Lakers will travel to Portland to face the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

Bryant, 34, appeared in five preseason games for the Lakers, posting averages of 20.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in 26.8 minutes per game. One of the league’s more durable superstars, he appeared in 58 of L.A.’s 66 games last season, averaging 27.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.

10 comments
SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq like.author.displayName 1 Like

Kobe is a ball hog and the world's worst teammate.  I'd rather watch a game without him in it.

DetlifSchrimpf
DetlifSchrimpf

 @SukeMadiq You must wish the NBA was like college basketball right? Where five guys run around passing the ball beautifully only to take a contested three at the end of the shot clock right? Sports as a whole would cease to exist if everyone thought like you because no one would pay to see that. People pay to see talent and to be entertained by something they could never do.

 

And as far as Kobe being a bad teammate... Uh well you and Smush Parker are on the same boat on that one.... Very few teammates say Kobe was bad for them, only the ones that are in it for the paycheck bitch about Kobe's mentality and approach.

carjax1202
carjax1202

Ahh..boo hoo.  I'm sick of this guy....time to retire Kobe....the team that YOU put together this year ain't gunna win the Championship.  I think OKC will have something to say about that.  Don't you recall, when Miami put all those stars in place..things didn't go as planned right away?  You don't have time (body falling apart) for things to gel for a couple of years.

SteveCampbell
SteveCampbell

 @carjax1202 He's a Red Sox fan, he's been so busy looking at the bottom of the standings, probably didn't notice.

carjax1202
carjax1202

 @SteveCampbell So what wagon do you jump on during the sports season??  A Yankee fan I suspect??  Pretty impressive post season batting average this year....Even though my Sox stunk it up this year...watching the Yankees implode made my season.

SteveCampbell
SteveCampbell

Go hug your Carlton Fisk doll. You'll feel better.

DetlifSchrimpf
DetlifSchrimpf

 @carjax1202 You realize the Heat made it to the Finals right? And you do realize that our top 4 all play at different positions and skills don't overlap.

carjax1202
carjax1202

 @DetlifSchrimpf Gee thanks for the information, I did not know that (sarcasm).....The Fakers..I mean Lakers are talking like they will win it this year...not going to happen man.

DetlifSchrimpf
DetlifSchrimpf

 @carjax1202  You come off as a stupid person so I feel like you have to be connected from point A to point B. And a team contending for the championship better believe they will win it! The fakers? That's about as much time as I'll waste here...