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Kobe Bryant may miss season opener with foot injury

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant may miss the Lakers' season opener against the Dallas Mavericks with a foot injury, coach Mike Brown said.

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Kobe Bryant will play against Dallas

Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant will play tonight against the Dallas Mavericks.


Kobe Bryant is 85% sure to play in season opener

According to a tweet from Beto Duran, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant says he's 85 percent sure he will play in the Lakers' season opener against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night. He first has to see how his injured foot reacts after the team's shootaround, but he did do a lot of running this morning.

Bryant injured his foot in a preseason game against the Sacramento Kings after stepping on a teammate's foot.

The Lakers haven't been able to get the cohesion they had hoped for with new players all throughout the roster still learning how to play with each other. Bryant missing the opener would not be a good start to building the chemistry needed to chase the championship the team sees in its sights.

The Lakers' health is a major concern heading into the season. Bryant and Steve Nash aren't the youngsters they once were, and Dwight Howard is still recovering from back surgery. Bryant's return is paramount to seeing if the Lakers can start the season strong after a winless preseason.


Kobe is 'feeling stronger' ahead of Lakers opener

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is recovering from a foot injury, and says he is recovering.


Kobe gets treatment, remains iffy for opener

Though his status for the regular-season opener against the Dallas Mavericks remains unclear, Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant received treatment on his strained foot at the team's facility on Friday, according to LA Times beat writer Mike Bresnahan.

The Lakers were given an off day on Friday, but Bryant went to the facility to get treatment from team personnel on the right foot that he injured during a 99-92 loss on Sunday to the Sacramento Kings. Bryant stepped awkwardly on a teammate's foot and sat out the Lakers' preseason finale and the Wednesday loss to the Los Angeles Clippers due to the injury.

The Lakers went 0-8 in the 2012 preseason and have looked out of sorts while failing to find any rhythm and continuity with the team's newest acquisitions, Steve Nash and Dwight Howard.

Given the fact that the injury has caused Bryant to miss time and that Howard has had injury issues of his own while nursing a back ailment, the Lakers' starters have only played one game together during the preseason.

No official word from the team has been given with respect to Bryant's official status for Tuesday's opener.


Kobe Bryant could miss Lakers season opener

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant's strained right foot might keep the 17-year veteran out of the team's regular season opener against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night, coach Mike Brown told reporters. "I don't know if he'll be ready," was Brown's response when asked.

Bryant strained the foot when he stepped awkwardly on a teammate's foot in the Lakers' 99-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night at Staples Center. He sat out the Lakers' loss to the Clippers on Wednesday night and will sit out the team's preseason finale against the Kings in San Diego on Thursday night. The foot has been bothering Bryant throughout training camp and has caused the 34-year-old to miss several practices.

While the Lakers are officially reporting that Bryant is out indefinitely, he reported improvement in the foot after a Wednesday shootaround and received treatment during the Lakers game on Wednesday night.

SB Nation's Lakers blog, Silver Screen and Roll, is optimistic that Bryant will find his way back on the floor for the team's opener.

"The Lakers have been extremely veiled in their injury assessments this preseason, so there's that to consider. Doomsday scenarios aside, we'll just have to wait and hear what the status is. Thankfully there's still a good stretch of time until opening night, and if the discomfort dies down, this should be a non issue. I mean, come on, Kobe Bryant would play if he had two peg legs."

Bryant's injury means the Lakers' new-and-improved starting five featuring Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace will have only played one game together in the preseason.

Tipoff for the Lakers' preseason finale is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET.

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