Lakers News: Kobe Bryant ‘Full Participant’ In Practice
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One of the main concerns heading into the 2015-16 NBA season opener for the Los Angeles Lakers is the health of superstar Kobe Bryant. The five-time NBA champion hasn’t participated in practice since suffering a lower leg contusion during the preseason leaving his status for Wednesday’s game in doubt.

Fortunately, after missing multiple practices due to the leg contusion, Bryant was able to fully participate in practice on Sunday, according to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.

Los Angeles will play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Staples Center on Wednesday with Bryant possibly having a better chance of being in uniform to start the season.

With Kobe entering his 20th and potentially final season with the Lakers, the team is being extremely cautious with the face of the franchise moving forward. The 37-year-old veteran has dealt with numerous injuries over the last few years with many debating whether he’ll be able to make it through the 2015-16 campaign injury-free.

Bryant appears confident he’ll be able to bounce back and battle through another 82-game grind, but it remains to be seen if he’ll be able to stay healthy from here on out.

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  • lakers have too many players that deserve playing time around 12. they should really consider trading some like nick young and brandon bass. Nothing against both. If you think about it nick young has been playing decent in the preseason but look at the second unit byron scott has been going with: Huertas, lou, young, kelly, bass. NONE OF THEM CAN PLAY SOLID DEFENSE. we need a perimeter defender and anthony brown fits that role perfectly. we need huertas and lou was sixth man so both of them need to be on the second unit. this leaves nick young out and he should be replaced with a defensive sf such as anthony brown or metta. Also Brandon bass is the most MEH player i ve ever seen. He is so average on offense and defense. Also he doesnt fit in any lineups as backup center (byron scott is playing him that spot). i’d much rather give those minutes to nance jr. so he can develop and tarik black. Both provide interior defense and NANCE IS THE PERFECT FIT. people don’t see this but he has 3 point range and the kid can score, he is very energetic and hustles on defense. BRANDON BASS AND NICK YOUNG NEED TO BE TRADED. they will stunt the growth of other players and their roles are redundant

  • lakers have too many players that deserve playing time around 12. they should really consider trading some like nick young and brandon bass. Nothing against both. If you think about it nick young has been playing decent in the preseason but look at the second unit byron scott has been going with: Huertas, lou, young, kelly, bass. NONE OF THEM CAN PLAY SOLID DEFENSE. we need a perimeter defender and anthony brown fits that role perfectly. we need huertas and lou was sixth man so both of them need to be on the second unit. this leaves nick young out and he should be replaced with a defensive sf such as anthony brown or metta. Also Brandon bass is the most MEH player i ve ever seen. He is so average on offense and defense. Also he doesnt fit in any lineups as backup center (byron scott is playing him that spot). i’d much rather give those minutes to nance jr. so he can develop and tarik black. Both provide interior defense and NANCE IS THE PERFECT FIT. people don’t see this but he has 3 point range and the kid can score, he is very energetic and hustles on defense. BRANDON BASS AND NICK YOUNG NEED TO BE TRADED. they will stunt the growth of other players and their roles are redundant

  • Glad he’s back. Lakers need a win on Wednesday. Not just for confidence, either. This is a game the Lakers should win, and if they have any hope at all of getting that 8th seed, the Lakers need to win every “should win” game before January, and steal a few others.

  • good observation. I like Nance and A Brown…. we need Youngs offense but Bass? He has shown nothing at all. He plays like a Bass…. a big slow seabass… Black 2nd unit center.

  • Glad he’s back. Lakers need a win on Wednesday. Not just for confidence, either. This is a game the Lakers should win, and if they have any hope at all of getting that 8th seed, the Lakers need to win every “should win” game before January, and steal a few others.

  • good observation. I like Nance and A Brown…. we need Youngs offense but Bass? He has shown nothing at all. He plays like a Bass…. a big slow seabass… Black 2nd unit center.

  • Black was already expected to be 2nd unit center. Bass is expected to be the 2nd unit PF though.

  • Black was already expected to be 2nd unit center. Bass is expected to be the 2nd unit PF though.

  • Scott was thinking about giving Bass some minutes at center, but his primary position is backup PF. Mind you, this is the same Scott that said in a small ball lineup he’d move Kobe to PF, so seeing Bass at C would go in line with that small ball mentality.

  • Scott was thinking about giving Bass some minutes at center, but his primary position is backup PF. Mind you, this is the same Scott that said in a small ball lineup he’d move Kobe to PF, so seeing Bass at C would go in line with that small ball mentality.

  • We have not played one game and all ready wanting to trade or get rid of our players which MITCH and the FO just built, if it were me I would see some games first and lit the FO make those kind of choices.

  • We have not played one game and all ready wanting to trade or get rid of our players which MITCH and the FO just built, if it were me I would see some games first and lit the FO make those kind of choices.

  • RIP Flip! Much respect from all Of us that remember the battles with the wolves in the Conference finals!

  • RIP Flip! Much respect from all Of us that remember the battles with the wolves in the Conference finals!

  • Nick young has trade value. Pelicans possibly interested. However, he’s extremely useful in our bench.

    I couldn’t agree with you more on your bass point of view. He is the definition of average and undersized. We could possibly trade him

  • A trade for Taj Gibson makes a lot of sense to me. The Bulls would be getting a scorer in Nick Young to play with McBuckets and a solid PF (Bass). The lakers would be getting a defensive, athletic, rebounder and scorer in Gibson. By the way Gibson has played SF before.
    SF: Bryant, Metta, Brown/Nance
    PF: Randle, Gibson, Kelly/Nance

  • Nick young has trade value. Pelicans possibly interested. However, he’s extremely useful in our bench.

    I couldn’t agree with you more on your bass point of view. He is the definition of average and undersized. We could possibly trade him

  • A trade for Taj Gibson makes a lot of sense to me. The Bulls would be getting a scorer in Nick Young to play with McBuckets and a solid PF (Bass). The lakers would be getting a defensive, athletic rebounder and scorer in Gibson. By the way Gibson has played SF before.
    SF: Bryant, Metta, ABrown/Nance
    PF: Randle, Gibson, Kelly/Nance
    – just a thought..,
    I’m comfortable having Young equating Kobe’s scoring production off the bench tho.

  • Bass was fighting for the starting role. In a couple weeks, he’s lost his spot on the second unit. He’s a 3rd string pf now, and honestly, I rather have nance. We just don’t need him

  • Bass was fighting for the starting role. In a couple weeks, he’s lost his spot on the second unit. He’s a 3rd string pf now, and honestly, I rather have nance. We just don’t need him

  • I would only do that deal if it’s young+bass for gibson+dunleavy. A stretch, but we can’t lose that much O

  • I would only do that deal if it’s young+bass for gibson+dunleavy. A stretch, but we can’t lose that much O

  • #1 it’s against the wolves, a team that’s rebuilding…possibly a long shot 8th seed contender

    #2 have to set the tone

    #3 this team is young. Have to build confidence

    #4 have to move on from the gsw beat down

  • #1 it’s against the wolves, a team that’s rebuilding…possibly a long shot 8th seed contender

    #2 have to set the tone

    #3 this team is young. Have to build confidence

    #4 have to move on from the gsw beat down

  • “SHOULD win”??? Lol! Lakers aren’t good enough to take ANY team lightly like that. No such thing as should win with this team.

  • “SHOULD win”??? Lol! Lakers aren’t good enough to take ANY team lightly like that. No such thing as “should win” with this team.

  • yes there are.

    miny, dal, pho, por, den are should wins out west.

    phil, orl, det, chr are should win in the east

  • yes there are.

    miny, dal, pho, por, den are should wins out west.

    phil, orl, det, chr are should win in the east

  • It’s a “should win” because the analysis is that the Lakers are a better team than the Wolves. So, when looking at the schedule and predicting which games the Lakers will win, this is one of them. They should be able to win this game. They should finish ahead of Minn in the standings at the end of the season.

  • It’s a “should win” because the analysis is that the Lakers are a better team than the Wolves. So, when looking at the schedule and predicting which games the Lakers will win, this is one of them. They should be able to win this game. They should finish ahead of Minn in the standings at the end of the season.

  • Read my post again. Did you see anywhere I said anything about taking any teams lightly? I said this is a “should win” game, as in the Lakers should beat the Wolves, given the rosters for the two teams. When you look at the schedule and predict which games the Lakers should win, this is one of them. Conversely, you look at the game against Cleveland, and you say that is one Cleveland should win. I said nothing about anyone taking any team lightly. Brush up on those reading comprehension skills. You brought your own stuff to my post, and I didn’t mean what you thought I did.

  • Read my post again. Did you see anywhere I said anything about taking any teams lightly? I said this is a “should win” game, as in the Lakers should beat the Wolves, given the rosters for the two teams. When you look at the schedule and predict which games the Lakers should win, this is one of them. Conversely, you look at the game against Cleveland, and you say that is one Cleveland should win. I said nothing about anyone taking any team lightly. Brush up on those reading comprehension skills. You brought your own stuff to my post, and I didn’t mean what you thought I did.

  • I read it fine. No team coming off a 21-win season should ever speak the words “should win”. In fact, I get more worried when we play the weaker teams because those teams are the opponents that are normally tougher to get up for.

  • Your last sentence maybe makes sense. By the end of the season. I think Scott’s Lakers teams are “slow leaving the station,” as a rule, though.

  • Your last sentence maybe makes sense. By the end of the season. I think Scott’s Lakers teams are “slow leaving the station,” as a rule, though.

  • Russel, Clarkson, Kobe, Randle, Hibbert
    Huertas, Williams, Young, Nance, Black.

    This line up is good enough to be in the play-off.
    As long as Kobe is healthy, Lakers will be in the play-off

  • Russel, Clarkson, Kobe, Randle, Hibbert
    Huertas, Williams, Young, Nance, Black.

    This line up is good enough to be in the play-off.
    As long as Kobe is healthy, Lakers will be in the play-off

  • Don’t you come apart now, I would not be able to handle it,, MY GOOD, hang in there. ha ha

  • Don’t you come apart now, I would not be able to handle it,, MY GOOD, hang in there. ha ha

  • I used to think we needed Nick Young’s offense but what I think we really need is Anthony Brown to develop. He can be a solid 3 and D player. Nick Young is so hot and cold (more so cold). Having Lou on the floor is enough.

  • I used to think we needed Nick Young’s offense but what I think we really need is Anthony Brown to develop. He can be a solid 3 and D player. Nick Young is so hot and cold (more so cold). Having Lou on the floor is enough.

  • Not so valuable, even his contrac is not very expensive is too long and it ends with a player option….

  • Not so valuable, even his contrac is not very expensive is too long and it ends with a player option….

  • With your desired line up (Which I agree), then they should cut Bass, Sacre or Kelly, right?
    and we can’t have just two centers….

  • With your desired line up (Which I agree), then they should cut Bass, Sacre or Kelly, right?
    and we can’t have just two centers….

  • Every team needs a scorer off the bench. Pelicans just lost tyreke. Jrue can only play so many mins before getting injured. Gordon can only do so much. I’m sure the pelicans would be interested, however, they have nothing for the Lakers

  • Every team needs a scorer off the bench. Pelicans just lost tyreke. Jrue can only play so many mins before getting injured. Gordon can only do so much. I’m sure the pelicans would be interested, however, they have nothing for the Lakers

  • Maybe, I’m pretty sure thou, that we’ll have him the whole season (at least), but I can be wrong.

  • Maybe, I’m pretty sure thou, that we’ll have him the whole season (at least), but I can be wrong.

  • Good news for the Lakers. Keep safe Kobe the more games you played i believe the more chances of getting a better standing. RIP Flip Saunders.

  • Good news for the Lakers. Keep safe Kobe the more games you played i believe the more chances of getting a better standing. RIP Flip Saunders.

  • Nance over Bass? Interesting.

    I like Nance a lot, but I think he still needs some work –maybe even a short stint in the d-league where he can play every day.

  • Nance over Bass? Interesting.

    I like Nance a lot, but I think he still needs some work –maybe even a short stint in the d-league where he can play every day.

  • Also consider this is Minnies’ tribute game to their fallen leader. They’ll be playing with a different mind set. KG will do his best to rile up the kids to give them the symbolic win. RIP Flip.

  • Also consider this is Minnies’ tribute game to their fallen leader. They’ll be playing with a different mind set. KG will do his best to rile up the kids to give them the symbolic win. RIP Flip.

  • Bass not going anywhere for a few months. By then the landscape of who needs what will be completely different. Young on the other hand should be dealt if somebody wants him. But no takers yet.

    Taj would definitely be a scott favorite, but I’d rather not take on another undersized PF.

  • Bass not going anywhere for a few months. By then the landscape of who needs what will be completely different. Young on the other hand should be dealt if somebody wants him. But no takers yet.

    Taj would definitely be a scott favorite, but I’d rather not take on another undersized PF.

  • Bryant causes far more harm to his team than good now. A gimpy ball-hog who shoots 37%..? You could make a case for him as the worst player in the entire NBA at this point…

  • Bryant causes far more harm to his team than good now. A gimpy ball-hog who shoots 37%..? You could make a case for him as the worst player in the entire NBA at this point…

  • Kobe is the Greatest of All time. Kobe shall be surrounded with the best most experienced squad Byron can put up – Kobe defines what Basketball Supremacy is all about. Five Rings baby, the Rest are Pretenders. The Front Office needs to pull Big Upshaw up from Defenders and place Cat under Rim, for Kobe. Kobe needs more rings:}

  • Kobe is the Greatest of All time. Kobe shall be surrounded with the best most experienced squad Byron can put up – Kobe defines what Basketball Supremacy is all about. Five Rings baby, the Rest are Pretenders. The Front Office needs to pull Big Upshaw up from Defenders and place Cat under Rim, for Kobe. Kobe needs more rings:}

  • For this year? This year 36 minutes, No Rookies: Kobe, Williams (Huertas); Young; Bass; Hibbert.

    This line up is good enough to be in the play-off, with a Healthy Kobe. Off bench for 12 or less minutes: Randle; clarkson; nance; Brown; black that is ten players. Players for 2 or less minutes off bench: kelly, mwp Thats twelve players.

  • For this year? This year 36 minutes, No Rookies: Kobe, Williams (Huertas); Young; Bass; Hibbert.

    This line up is good enough to be in the play-off, with a Healthy Kobe. Off bench for 12 or less minutes: Randle; clarkson; nance; Brown; black that is ten players. Players for 2 or less minutes off bench: kelly, mwp Thats twelve players.

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