Are the L.A. Lakers Still a Great Team Without Kobe Bryant?

October 27th, 2012 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
According to CBSsports there is a chance that Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant could miss the team's opener with the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, but there is no real way to judge the severity of Bryant's foot injury based on statements made by Lakers coach Mike Brown.

"I know he's hurt and I don't what exactly that means. I know he has a bruised foot, but I don't as for daily updates. He's a tough guy and one of the toughest guys I've ever been around."

Brown's cryptic message is probably intentional, but that does nothing to ease the anxiety of Lakers fans who would love to know the full extent of Bryant's injury.

Hopefully Bryant's foot is only a minor issue that a little rest can cure, but what happens if the injury becomes  lingering concern?

Have the Lakers acquired enough fire-power to remain among the league's elite teams, even with a prolonged absence from Bryant?

A Lakers lineup featuring Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol would still be one of the most intimidating in the NBA,  but Bryant's absence would magnify an issue that is likely to be exposed later, even if Bryant is healthy for most of ...

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