Byron Scott Says Kobe Bryant Will Be Ready for Season-Opener

by October 22, 2015

In all likelihood, Kobe Bryant will not suit up tonight in the Los Angeles Lakers’ final preseason game against the Golden State Warriors.

Bryant, 37, is nursing a lower-leg contusion suffered in an Oct. 13 game against the Sacramento Kings but head coach Byron Scott says the veteran guard should be ready to go on Opening Night.

Scott says the Lakers are just being extra-cautious with Kobe’s health.

Per the LA Times:

Kobe Bryant received treatment for a bruised lower leg, now in its eighth day of bothering him. […] Then he got a haircut in the media room at the Lakers’ training facility, an event captured by two cameras buzzing around him for another documentary presumably produced by Bryant.


Bryant did not practice Wednesday and was “doubtful at best” to play in the Lakers’ exhibition finale Thursday against Golden State at Anaheim. […] The Lakers say they’re not worried, even though Bryant hasn’t been the same since banging into Sacramento center Kosta Koufos on a drive in the third quarter of an exhibition.


“He says he feels a lot better, but we’ve still got to get him out and just get him on the court, running and all that good stuff,” Lakers Coach Byron Scott said Wednesday. “I’m not in a hurry. I just don’t want him to lose any conditioning and I know he doesn’t want to lose it. I’m not concerned. He’ll be ready on the 28th,” when the Lakers play the Timberwolves at Staples Center.