Kobe Bryant said at Los Angeles Lakers shootaround Tuesday morning that the odds he'll play in the season opener tonight against the visiting Dallas Mavericks are "85%." But he left open the possibility that he will sit out.
The Lakers shooting guard strained his right foot and suffered a contusion Oct. 21 and didn't play in the final two preseason games.
Considering his reputation for playing through severe pain so many times, Bryant would surprise no one by suiting up for the highly anticipated debut with new teammates Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.
Bryant has missed four season openers in his 16-year career. He participated fully in Tuesday's practice after missing the last two workouts.
"I did everything (at shootaround), but it's a matter of how sore it gets from now until I get to Staples," Bryant said of the 7:30 p.m. PT tipoff.
Kobe Bryant says '85%' chance he'll play tonight
USA Today | Oct 30