The one question everyone has been asking with the start of the season for the Los Angeles Lakers only a few weeks away is whether or not Kobe Bryant will be ready for the season opener. Apparently, Steve Nash believes Kobe may need some more time according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports via Twitter on Oct. 1:
LAL Steve Nash to Y! Sports on Kobe's likely return: “I think he will be back some time between the beginning of the season & Thanksgiving.”
The safe move for Kobe and the storied NBA franchise would be not to rush back unnecessarily. Although Kobe wants to be on the floor for Oct. 29 against the division rival Los Angeles Clippers, the five-time NBA champion might be better off staying out of the lineup until back to 100 percent.
Fortunately for the Lakers, the team has a few players that can help fill the void at shooting. The addition of Nick Young, Wesley Johnson and Jordan Farmar will help shoulder the load while Jodie Meeks will likely get the start if Kobe is unable to go to start the year.
With exactly four weeks left before the start of the season, Kobe will have the bulk of this month to get his body right.
At this point in time, it’s difficult to rule out Kobe for the matchup against the Clippers, but the safe bet would be to expect him on the bench for the first game and perhaps the majority of November.
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