Los Angeles Lakers are ready to take on Minnesota Timberwolves in their NBA Season opener on Wednesday at Staples Center. Kobe Bryant is also slated to start for the Lakers and this will “kick off Bryant’s NBA-record 20th season”, according to ESPN sources.
The 37 year commented, “I’m just ready, just ready to get started.” He also stated, “I don’t really have any anxiety about it. It’s been slowly getting better. The past couple days, I’ve been able to move a lot more with some of the things that we feel comfortable doing.”
“I’ve been training pretty hard for a long time now, so a week ain’t going to be nothing for me.”
Bryant will surpass John Stockton, to set a league record of most number of seasons played with one franchise. Injury had previously sidelined Bryant for the final three pre-season games for his club. He suffered a lower leg concussion on Oct. 13 in a match against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles. The five-time champion is also the third all-time leading scorer in the NBA history.
He feels very optimistic about his comeback and finds himself in good shape even though he still has some injury concerns.
He looks at his injuries from a macro perspective and says that injuries are part of the game. A lot of players are injured but that doesn’t stop them from coming back to the court. Players need to accept this as a reality when they take up any game.
Lakers coach Bryan Scott is also hopeful about Bryant’s return. Though he didn’t mention about the allotted time for him on the court. He feels that Bryant is all set to play on Wednesday unless until something extraordinary comes up.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Oct. 28, 8 P.M. ET
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