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