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Kobe says foot “80-85%,” expect him to play Wednesday

Oct 31, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant reacts during their loss to the Dallas Mavericks in their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Reuters

Kobe Bryant looked Kobe Bryant in the opener — early on he was getting touches at the rim and was moving well, later in the game he drained a rainbow contested long two he never should have taken. He looked a little slower trying to defend O.J.Mayo off the ball as the game wore on, but he wasn’t the Lakers problem in their loss.

And while it is possible his foot responds poorly to a night of exertion, I’d expect to see him playing Wednesday night when the Lakers take on the Trail Blazers in Portland.

He had his foot soaking in ice after the game, reports Mark Medina at the Los Angeles Daily News. Is he concerned he couldn’t go in the back-to-back?

“A little bit,” Bryant said. “We’ll have to see how it feels.”

Granted, Bryant said his foot felt “80-85%”. Even if Bryant’s known to play through injuries, the Lakers’ star vowed beforehand not to take the floor if the pain would worsen. Bryant sounded well aware that he didn’t want to squander all of his offseason work in strengthening his body just for the sake of appearing in the Lakers’ season opener.

“I’m not going to play with an injury that will get progressively worse and limp through the season,” Bryant said. “I worked too hard for that.”

Kobe said he would play in the opener so long as he learned he couldn’t make the injury worse, and that’s the case according to the Orange County Register.

“From my understanding, there’s no risk,” (Lakers coach Mike) 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.”

It just a matter of pain management, Kobe will play. Actually, Kobe will probably play either way. This is Kobe after an ugly loss we are talking about.

  1. dls612 - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    If they bring that left-ova sht from last night it’s another lost for them!

  2. paulhargis53 - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Someone check on lakerluver, I think he should be on a suicide watch.

    You’re going to see a lot of the starters playing 34 minutes and up like they did last night because that bench is atrocious.
    There is no excuse for the Lakers to lose to a Dirkless Dallas team.
    I thought with “5 hall of famers”, this was supposed to be a laugher?

    This is only the beginning, wait til the injuries start taking their toll.

    P.S. They can’t continue to play Nash over 30 minutes- he’ll be dead by March.
    Playing Dwight 37 coming off back surgery isn’t smart either….oh wait, outside of Jamison, you have D league players for subs….nevermind.

    • sellahh - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      Each and every one of your trolling attempts gets so much weaker, man.

  3. rodge1 - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    @sellahh
    Ask the troll how the Celtics played last night.

  4. paulhargis53 - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    It’s not trolling when you tell the truth.

    The Celtics gir beat by the defending champs at their house, morning to be ashamed of there.
    LA on the othe hand, got beat by a Mavs team with the Star player missing.

    I’m not the fanbase(la) that put their team in the finals in preseason.

    Sellah, if my posts elicit a response from you, they are doing their job, no matter how “pathetic” they may be….

  5. progress2011 - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Harlem globetrotter/ And 1/ Wanna be like Mike/ kobe….

    Is so predictable ! EVERY YEAR, he gives a DISCLAIMER, why he and/or the Fakers may suck by claiming an injury !

    * My manicured pinky fingernail hurts
    * the lights in the staples center hurt my bald head
    * The fat lump on the back of my neck, makes me insecure….etc, etc, etc

    MAN THE HECK UP !!!

    • cosanostra71 - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      You’re telling a player who has played through a separated shoulder (in the playoffs), multiple broken bones, knee injuries that required offseason surgeries… to man the heck up? Kobe has missed 103 games in 16 years… Kurt mentioned this morning that Eric Gordon has missed 109 games in 4 years.

      • progress2011 - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:26 PM

        You and kobe can claim any injury you want. EVERY NBA player, over training camp and the course of 80+ games, have injuries.

        Ex: Lebron had cramps during the Finals and last nite. But when asked, he says it’s nothing.

        Conversely, kobe contacts his friends in the media and leak fake injuries to gain sympathy points and to give gullible folk like you, the impression he is M.J.

        Hence the name given to the FAKERS !!!

      • cosanostra71 - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:54 PM

        well, first off, cramps are not an injury. A bone bruise is an injury.

        But I guess we’re forgetting LeBron’s elbow? Or was that before you started following basketball?

        Again, Kobe’s missed 103 games in 16 years. He’s incredibly durable, and the fact that you are trying to argue otherwise shows that you know very little about basketball.

      • cosanostra71 - Oct 31, 2012 at 6:55 PM

        Do you think the same thing about Tom Brady seeing as he’s been listed on the injury report every week since he became a starter in 2001? Idiot.

      • progress2011 - Oct 31, 2012 at 7:08 PM

        71 year old dude,

        I know a WHINER, when I see one. And if you look over “wanna-be-like-Mike’s” career, EVERY year, at the beginning of the season, he is whining about something !

        I know the glaucoma in those old pupils of yours prevents you and your ability to read. BUT I never claimed cramps was an injury.

        It is a condition though that LBJ, if he were a WHINER, could easily contact his friends in the media and gain more sympathy points.

        Old dude, face it….he’s a “FAKER” !!!!

      • cosanostra71 - Oct 31, 2012 at 7:15 PM

        I get the feeling you don’t understand what cramps are. But I like that you ignored the LeBron elbow issue.

        And for those of you keeping score at home, Michael Jordan missed 158 games in 15 seasons. “wanna-be-like-Mike” has missed 103 games in 16 seasons.

      • progress2011 - Oct 31, 2012 at 7:29 PM

        Here we go with the MJ comparisons.

        MJ won 6 Chips and he was the MVP of all 6.

        Conversely

        Wanna-Be-Like-Mike has been a member of 5 Chips. 3 He rode Shaqs coat tail and got him water. Another Gasol had to bail the team out when WHINEY Boy quit.

        So, he can really only be given credit for Being “THE MAN ” on one of the 5 Chips.

        No comparison…no matter how much tape he watches of MJ and wags his tongue.

        He’s not even his own man….ahahahahaha

      • cosanostra71 - Oct 31, 2012 at 7:35 PM

        You’re right. No comparison. Kobe missed 55 less games than MJ in one more season.

  6. paulhargis53 - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Almost noon on the west coast and still no sign of lakerluver. Did he do this last year too, make big proclamations and then hide? I bet so, he’s that kind of tool.

    • cosanostra71 - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      maybe he has a life outside of nbcsports.com

  7. paulhargis53 - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Thanks for the belly laugh Cosa!

    You know just as well as I do how prolific he is on here. He has no life.

    • cosanostra71 - Oct 31, 2012 at 7:16 PM

      Says the guy talking about him when he isn’t posting.

  8. paulhargis53 - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Cosa: I’m talking about him because he was in here all off-season mouthing off about how great the lakers were going to be. Now, they lose the 1st game to a vastly inferior opponent and he’s nowhere to be found.
    Nevermind, you got your hands full getting schooled by a heat fan. Carry on.

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