Bryant, who averaged 16.9 points and 5.3 rebounds over six games last season, is ranked No. 24 on SI.com's list of top 100 players.
The Lakers open the regular season Oct. 28 against the Houston Rockets.
Kupchak says there will be "management" of Kobe's minutes, maybe even games played. Says Byron Scott will have the final call.— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) September 26, 2014