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Ailing Kobe Bryant might miss opener for Lakers

10.26.12 at 11:28 am ET
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The Lakers are not sure if Kobe Bryant will be ready to play in Tuesday’s season-opener against the Mavericks.

Bryant has a bruised and strained right foot. He did not make the trip to San Diego for the Lakers’ final preseason game on Thursday night against the Kings. The Lakers are winless in the preseason.

Asked whether Bryant would play Tuesday, coach Mike Brown said, “I don’t know if he will or not.”

Added Brown: “He came in and got some treatment for his foot. It didn’t make sense for him to make the bus trip because he needs to elevate the foot. And the 2½-hour ride down and back would not be good.”

Bryant missed several practices earlier this year in training camp because of discomfort in the same right foot. Sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com that this injury is in a different place on his right foot and is considerably more painful.

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