Originally written on 5TH QUARTER MAGAZINE  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Kobe Bryant has really been active on Facebook.  That was a great sight to see as he posted pictures and status updates during the 2012 Olympics in London.  With the NBA season opening tonight, the media was speculating if Kobe would play or not due to his foot injury.  As the LA Times pointed out, Kobe posted on his Facebook to give the media something true to talk about.  The Black Mamba stated, Getting stronger. Not sure what it means for tomorrow night just yet but it’s much better than it was a week ago when I could barely walk. I hate not practicing. It drives me crazy! The training staff has been great. Mr. Laker, Gary Vitti, and the great Judy Seto (the first female trainer in the NBA) have been working their magic. So there’s that.  The Lakers play at home against the Dallas Mavericks.  If this was the NBA Playoffs, there would not be any doubt that Kobe would suit up and play.  Given that this is the start of the season, he can afford missing a game or two.  The Mavs are also short-handed so as long as the Lakers keep their game together, they can come out with a win.  The best option for Kobe is just to sit out and just play later this week against a fully-loaded Los Angeles Clippers team.  Then again, this is Kobe Bryant who is known to be stubborn and plays through injuries.
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