Kobe Bryant Expects to Play Opening Day
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant played all 82 games last season with a right knee that he described as “bone on bone.” He isn’t about to let a torn ligament in his right wrist make him miss the Lakers’ season opener on Sunday against the Chicago Bulls.
“I should be fine,” said Bryant after Lakers practice Thursday. “… It’s always been in my nature to try to figure out a way to play. The injuries that I’ve had, I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to play through them because I haven’t had injuries where they could get worse the more I played on them.”
The 16-year veteran did not practice, using the time to receive treatment on his wrist that he injured when falling to the floor in the third quarter of the Lakers’ 114-95 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.