Oct 21, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) during the preseason game against the Sacramento Kings at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

Kobe Bryant Set To Start For Lakers Season Opener


Los Angeles Lakers all-star guard Kobe Bryant’s status was in question for the team’s season opener tonight against the Dallas Mavericks.

Bryant acknowledged last night that he was closer to playing in the season opener saying, “Getting stronger. Not sure what it means for tomorrow night just yet but it’s much better than it was a week ago when I could barely walk. I hate not practicing. It drives me crazy! The training staff has been great. Mr. Laker, Gary Vitti, and the great Judy Seto (the first female trainer in the NBA) have been working their magic.”

Bryant has always been considered one of the toughest players in the league so when he relayed that message everyone anticipated that Kobe would start for the Lakers.

Today, on his official Facebook account, Bryant confirmed that he will be in the team’s starting line-up. Kobe wrote:

Feeling good enough to play tonight! I’ll use my strong midsoles for added cushion on the foot for more protection.
Looking forward to this journey as I’m sure you are.

It’s Go Time.

Mamba out

The next question is ‘how much will Bryant play’ and ‘will he have his minutes limited?’ Tip-off for the Lakers – Mavs game is at 10:30 PM Eastern Time. How will the new and improved Lakers squad start off their 2012-13 campaign? We are about to see.

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