Tuesday , Oct , 30 , 2012 Paul Eide

Kobe’s Foot Still A Mystery, D Howard’s Back “Achy”

Opening night’s most famous appendage is only rivaled by D Howard’s back.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Kobe is keeping the Mavs on their toes as they prepare for tonight’s game.


At this point, Kobe is the definition of a “game time decision.” The “Mamba” even posted a message on his Facebook page yesterday about the topic, but it didn’t really give any solid indication of which way he was leaning.

“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. I will know more after shoot around tomorrow am. It’s still painful to raise up on my toes but, it’s strong. The decision to be made is whether the injury can heal while playing on it or if it will make it worse.”

What’s interesting is that this is exactly how last season started thanks to last minute wrist injury. Kobe never missed any significant time and went on to have his most productive season since 07-08. You’ve got to think that they will load Kobe up on some kind of pain meds to get him out there and then let the adrenaline take over though, right? If the average fan is excited to see the new look Lakers in action, just think how excited he must be.

In other Lakers injury news, newly acquired center Dwight Howard said yesterday that his back feels “achy” and that there are days “when it’s hard to move. And I just try to fight through it.”

Anyone who has ever had a significant back injury know how he feels. With that in mind, it’s the last thing any Lakers fan wants to hear as they are set to embark on an 82 game season, especially after completing the preseason as the league’s only winless squad. But “Buyer Beware”, LA knew what they were getting when they acquired the big man.

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