Kobe Bryant Injury Update: Star Says He’ll Play in Preseason Opener vs. Jazz

October 3rd, 2015 by Adam Wells Leave a reply »
When the Los Angeles Lakers open their preseason schedule Sunday, Kobe Bryant will be on the floor with them for the first time in nearly 10 months. 

Speaking to reporters Saturday, as noted by Sam Amick of USA Today, Bryant left no doubt that he wanted to play against the Utah Jazz.

“No, I’m definitely playing,” Bryant said. “[I didn’t] come all the way out here, [where] people are going to be coming to the game, and you’re going to be sitting on the bench? That’s not cool.”

The contest, which will take place at the University of Hawaii's Stan Sheriff Center, will feature Bryant's first in-game action since he had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder Jan. 28. It marked the second consecutive season in which he had to go under the knife. 

Bryant's future in the NBA has been a source of constant speculation this offseason. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said on SiriusXM NBA Radio in May (via Jonathan Lehman of the New York Post) the former MVP gave indications this will be his final season. 

“He has ind ...

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