Kobe Bryant wore extra padding in his shoes to protected his sore right foot in Tuesday's regular-season, but it was the knowledge that he couldn't sustain further injury that comforted Coach Mike Brown.

Bryant returned to the court for the first time since getting kicked in the foot during a preseason game more than a week ago and showed no signs of discomfort in the first half. He scored 10 points on 5 of 6 shooting in 16 minutes.

"From my understanding, there's no risk," Brown said before the game. "Obviously if it bothers him or something like that, we pull him out. But from my understanding, he's good enough to go and there's no risk in going that he would damage it further."

Bryant's late decision to play put a crimp in reserve guard Jodie Meeks' plans. He was scheduled to start of Bryant couldn't play, but wasn't too upset with being scratched from the opening tip line-up.

"I'm type of person, I kind of go with the flow, so I would have been ready if I was going to start," said Meeks, who started two games in place of Bryant during the preseason. "But now that I'm going to be coming off the bench, I will try to do what I can do."

Meeks said he didn't alert any of his family members that he had a shot at starting in the Lakers regular-season opener, which could have been a reason to celebrate back home in Norcross, Ga.

"I didn't tell them that I was going to start," he said. "I just told them that if Kobe doesn't play, I'll start, but if he does, I won't.