Lakers Injury News: Kobe Bryant's Status Unknown for Opener

The Los Angeles Lakers are all set to open their season against the Dallas Mavericks today.  Unfortunately, Kobe Bryant may not be part of the team's plans for the opener.  Bryant's ailing foot may not be well enough for him to go today.  He still was not able to practice. 

According to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, Bryant's status is still unknown as the team has not completely ruled him out for today's game.  Bryant strained his right foot on October 21st and has not played or practiced since.  The Lakers' superstar is resting the foot in hopes of returning as soon as possible. 

Bresnahan says the organization is full of opinions on whether or not Bryant will start today, but there has been no official announcement, and the opinions seem to be evenly split.  He was injured when driving and tripping over Thomas Robinson of the Sacramento Kings.  

The Lakers will host the Mavericks at 10:30 PM EST today.  If Bryant is to play, he may be limited in minutes - which is not common for the 34-year old.  Bryant has averaged 26.5 minutes per game in his career.  

If Bryant can't go, the Lakers will be missing out on approximately 25.4 points per game.  The team is trying to get healthy to make a run to playoffs, but they have been struck hard by the injury bug.  The Lakers have seen injuries to Jordan Hill, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, and Bryant among others.  

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