UPDATE —- Noon PDT, El Segundo, CA—–NBA.com reported that Kobe Bryant told media at the team’s morning session that there is a “85% chance”, he will suit up for tonight’s opening game. Original story follows:
The Los Angeles Lakers may be without superstar and face of the franchise, Kobe Bryant for tonight’s opener against the Dallas Mavericks.
The NBA season kicks off Tuesday and the Mavs without injured star Dirk Nowitzki are in town to face the new-look Lakers.
Speaking of new-looks, Jodie Meeks a free agent acquisition in the off-season may be starting at the #2 guard position in place of the Black Mamba.
The L.A. Times reported that Kobe Bryant has not participated in a game since hurting his foot on October 21 in a pre-season contest against the Sacramento Kings.
When the hoards of media arrived at the team’s practice facility on Monday, Kobe did not meet with them.
ESPN-LA reporter Ramona Shelbourne learned he had been held out of another practice, acting like an assistant coach according to coach Mike Brown.
It’s the second injury to Bryant’s right foot in the past month and the first time in recent memory that fans are left to wonder if they’ll be seeing him suit up for a inaugural game of a new season.
The shocker is that Kobe himself if not spouting the usual “no problem” responses when asked about his health.
It’s thrown the populace into confusion and concern. Having lived through the humorous “Carmegoddon”, will Angelenos be subjected to “Kobegeddon”?
On his Facebook page Bryant had this to say on Monday:
“I will know more after shoot around tomorrow am. It’s still painful to raise up on my toes but, it’s strong. The decision to be made is whether the injury can heal while playing on it or if it will make it worse.”
Known for his ability to work through pain and physical injuries that would sideline anyone else, Bryant’s potential to be out of the lineup has stunned the locals.
Spoiled by expectations that were fortified by broken and dislocated finger injuries that were worked around with various splints and injections, fans are lowering expectations for a season that they expected to be one for the ages.
Wasn’t it only Dwight Howard’s back that had to be monitored for readiness, to allow for the new-look starting lineup?
Turns out it wasn’t.
Howard will be on the floor at center and Steve Nash will play the point at Staples Center tonight.
Will Bryant be at the shooting guard spot on the floor?
Last season the team was off from the start thanks to the upheaval of the failed Chris Paul acquisition.
It lost Lamar Odom immediately and had an emotionally bruised Pau Gasol unable to find his sea legs until after the trade deadline.
The expulsion of team co-captain Derek Fisher added more drama to the last couple of months and another short post-season sent everyone home for the summer in a grumpy mood.
With a full training camp to learn a new system and the addition of two huge moving parts in the starting lineup much was expected for a quick start to the 2012-13 season.
No one thought of Kobegeddon.